Kathleen G. Kane - Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General - Protecting Pennsylvanians

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December 13, 2011

Northumberland County cocaine and heroin ring dismantled by state narcotics agents and local police

HARRISBURG ? A Northumberland County cocaine and heroin ring was dismantled today following a joint investigation by state narcotics agents, the Northumberland County District Attorney?s Office and local police.

Attorney General Linda Kelly said the arrests are a culmination of a 14-month cooperative investigation with Northumberland County District Attorney Anthony Rosini and the Shamokin and Mount Carmel Police Departments, involving the Attorney General?s Bureau of Narcotics Investigation (BNI), the Northumberland/Montour County Drug Task Force and other local law enforcement agencies in Northumberland County.12-13-11_Nahodil Organization

Kelly, said the investigation focused on the import and distribution of heroin and cocaine in throughout Northumberland County, specifically in Shamokin. Evidence and testimony regarding the alleged drug activity was presented to a statewide investigating grand jury, which recommended the criminal charges filed today.

According to the grand jury, agents and local police conducted numerous controlled deliveries and purchases of cocaine and heroin and were able to identify the main drug source and local distributor as Jeffrey Nahodil, 38, of Shamokin, Northumberland County.

The grand jury found that Nahodil imported cocaine and heroin from New Jersey and Harrisburg for redistribution in lower Northumberland County. At least seven suspects have been identified as co-conspirators, who assisted Nahodil in the distribution.

Agents said that the defendants met their customers on the streets of Shamokin and other Northumberland County towns, in parking lots, at businesses and occasionally at their homes in order to purchase and sell drugs.

Kelly said the arrests are part of an ongoing effort to target local, street-level drug dealers and drug suppliers. Additionally, the arrests are part of an ongoing investigation and more arrests are anticipated.

Kelly thanked the Northumberland County District Attorney?s Office, the Pennsylvania State Police, the Northumberland-Montour County Drug Task Force, the Shamokin Police Department, the Mount Carmel Borough Police Department, the Mount Carmel Township Police Department, the Ralpho Township Police Department, the Coal Township Police Department, and the Northumberland County Sheriff?s Department for their assistance with the investigation.

The case will be prosecuted in Northumberland County by Senior Deputy Attorney General David Gorman of the Attorney General?s Drug Strike Force.

Below is a complete list of the defendants and the charges against them.

--Jeffrey Nahodil, 38, currently incarcerated in the State Correctional Institute at Greensburg, is charged with two counts of criminal use of a communication facility, three counts of possession with the intent to deliver cocaine/heroin, and three counts of possession with the intent to deliver cocaine/heroin

--Shauna Nahodil, 32, 410 North Rock St., Shamokin, Northumberland County, is charged with three counts of possession with the intent to deliver heroin/Suboxone, three counts of delivery of heroin/Suboxone, and three counts of criminal use of a communication facility.

--Bruce Edward Zigarski, Jr., 35, 870 West Holly St., Coal Township, Northumberland County, is charged with two counts of possession with the intent to deliver heroin/cocaine, two counts of delivery of heroin/cocaine, and one count of criminal use of a communication facility.

--Stevie Cokosky, 20, 745 North Vine St., Hazelton, Luzerne County, is charged with one count of possession with the intent to deliver heroin, one count of delivery of heroin, and one count of criminal use of a communication facility.

--David Dehoutaint, Jr., 35, 111 South Spruce St., Coal Township, Northumberland County, is charged with two counts of possession with the intent to deliver cocaine, two counts of delivery of cocaine, and two counts of criminal use of a communication facility.

--Michael Filarski, 30, 619 West Mulberry St., Shamokin, Northumberland County, is charged with four counts of possession with the intent to deliver cocaine, four counts of delivery of cocaine, and four counts of criminal use of a communication facility.

--Holly Rodriguez, 27, 1250 West Pine St., Coal Township, Northumberland County, is charged with four counts of possession with the intent to deliver cocaine, four counts of delivery of cocaine, and three counts of criminal use of a communication facility.

--John Wallish Jr., 54, 30 South 21st St., Coal Township, Northumberland County, is charged with one count of possession with the intent to deliver cocaine, one count of delivery of cocaine, and one count of criminal use of a communication facility.

(A person charged with a crime is presumed innocent until proven guilty.)

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