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

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October 24, 2012

Lehigh Valley methamphetamine ring broken-up by state narcotics agents and local police

HARRISBURG - Agents from the Attorney General's Bureau of Narcotics Investigation along with local police officers are in the process of arresting six suspected drug dealers allegedly linked to a million dollar crystal methamphetamine ring that operated in the Lehigh Valley.

Attorney General Linda Kelly said six men were identified as the main distributors in a crystal methamphetamine ring that operated in and around Lehigh and Northampton counties:  Anthony "Skinny" Serratore, Johnny "Amigo" Constanza, Edward "Eddie" Pope Jr., Michael Corby, Robert Thornton Jr., and William Lavenburg.

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Anthony "Skinny" Serratore

 
Johnny "Amigo" Constanza

 
Edward "Eddie" Pope Jr.

 
Michael Corby

 
Robert Thornton Jr.

 
William Lavenburg

Evidence and testimony regarding the alleged criminal activity was presented to a statewide investigating grand jury, which recommended the charges being filed today.

Information about this drug organization was developed using undercover drug purchases, controlled buys and search warrants.

Agents estimate that the organization was capable of distributing as much as a pound of crystal methamphetamine a week with an estimated street-value of $90,000.

According to the grand jury, Lavenburg, Corby and Pope were Serratore's main crystal methamphetamine customers. Corby was identified as Serratore's largest customer and allegedly bought crystal methamphetamine from Serratore on a weekly basis, buying seven to 10 ounces at a time.

Agents believe that Corby, Pope and Lavenburg were not only using the crystal methamphetamine they purchased for personal use, but also redistributing the drugs to other lower-level dealers in the Lehigh Valley area.

Kelly said that locating the source of the crystal methamphetamine, as well as street-level users that these individuals were selling to is part of a continuing investigation and additional arrests are anticipated.

Over the course of the investigation agents seized approximately ½ pound of crystal methamphetamine, $26,000 cash, and 12 firearms.

Kelly thanked the Colonial Regional Police Department, the Bethlehem Township Police Department, the Bushkill Township Police Department, and the Allentown Police Department for their assistance with the investigation.

The criminal charges were filed before Bethlehem Magisterial District Judge Joseph Barner.

The defendants will be prosecuted in Northampton County by Deputy Attorney General Michael Dugan of the Attorney General's Drug Strike Force Section.

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

--Anthony "Skinny" Serratore, 35, 1801 Chester Road, Bethlehem, is charged with one count of possession with the intent to deliver methamphetamine, one count of criminal conspiracy to possess with the intent to deliver methamphetamine, one count of corrupt organizations, one count of delivery of methamphetamine, one count of criminal use of a communication facility, and one count of dealing in proceeds of unlawful activities.

--Johnny "Amigo" Constanza, 48, 309 S. 16th St., Allentown, is charged with one count of possession with the intent to deliver methamphetamine, one count of criminal conspiracy to possess with the intent to deliver methamphetamine, one count of corrupt organizations, one count of criminal use of a communications facility, one count of criminal attempt sale of a non-controlled substance, and one count of dealing in proceeds of unlawful activities.

--Edward "Eddie" Pope Jr., 34, 1418 Northampton St., Apt. 2, Easton, is charged with two counts of possession with the intent to deliver methamphetamine, one count of criminal conspiracy to possess with the intent to deliver methamphetamine, one count of corrupt organizations, one count of criminal use of a communications facility, one count of dealing in proceeds of unlawful activities, and one count of criminal conspiracy to possess with the intent to deliver methamphetamine.

--Michael Corby, 43, 1460 A Church Road, Wind Gap, is charged with one count of possession with the intent to deliver methamphetamine, one count of criminal conspiracy to possess with the intetnt to deliver methamphetamine, one count of corrupt organizations, one count of criminal use of a communication facility, and one count of dealing in proceeds of unlawful activities.

--Robert Thornton Jr., 28, 2126 Johnston Drive., Apt. 8, Bethlehem, is charged with two counts of possession with the intent to deliver methamphetamine, one count of criminal conspiracy to possess with the intent to deliver methamphetamine, one count of corrupt organizations, one count of criminal use of a communication facility, one count of dealing in proceeds of unlawful activities, and one count of criminal conspiracy to possess with the intent to deliver methamphetamine.

--William Lavenburg, 35, 180 B Hoffman Road, Wind Gap, is charged with one count of possession with the intent to deliver methamphetamine, one count of criminal conspiracy to possess with the intent to deliver methamphetamine, one count of corrupt organizations, one count of criminal use of a communications facility, one count of dealing in proceeds of unlawful activities, and one count of damaging agricultural crop.

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

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