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

July 18, 2013

12 charged in $3.8 million Central Pennsylvania heroin operation

HARRISBURG - Agents from the Attorney General's Bureau of Narcotics Investigation (BNI) filed criminal charges today against 12 individuals linked to a Central Pennsylvania drug trafficking network. The ring is allegedly responsible for distributing at least $3.8 million worth of heroin throughout Dauphin, Cumberland and Franklin counties.

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Sabriel Rivera





Miguel Rivera

 
Miguel Dejesus-Ramirez

 
Manuel
Weikel


 Emmanuel Sanchez

 
Latisha Martinez

 
Kristi Campbell

 
Daniel Colon

 
Crystal
Swartz

 
Charles Finkbeiner

 
Charity Flinta

 
Brandon Myers

Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane said the investigation focused on the heroin trafficking activities of Sabriel "Pony" Rivera, 29, 120 Mont Alto Road, Chambersburg, Franklin County. Evidence and testimony regarding the case was presented to a statewide investigating grand jury, which recommended the criminal charges being filed today.

According to the grand jury, Rivera was a major source of heroin sold in the Harrisburg area, which he purchased in Philadelphia and distributed through "runners" in Dauphin, Cumberland and Franklin counties. As the investigation progressed agents learned that the Chambersburg Borough Police Department had a lateral investigation into heroin distribution, and determined that the distributor of heroin throughout Chambersburg was Rivera's father, Miguel Rivera.

The grand jury found that heroin distributed in each of the counties was stamped or marked with brand names, such as "3D," "Super Strong," "CUSE" and "Apple." Investigators explained that drug dealers often mark their drugs in order to distinguish their brand and the quality of the heroin they distribute.

According to the grand jury, Sabriel Rivera used many techniques to evade law enforcement, including using a "stash house" in Chambersburg, titling vehicles in others' names, and dressing in military uniform while obtaining, transporting and delivering heroin.
 
Kane thanked the Harrisburg City Police Department, the Chambersburg Borough Police Department, and the Franklin County Drug Task Force for their assistance with the investigation.

The case will be prosecuted in Dauphin County by Senior Deputy Attorney General Heather Adams of the Attorney General's Drug Strike Force.

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

--Sabriel Rivera, 29, 120 Mont Alto Road, Chambersburg, Franklin County, is charged with four counts of delivery of heroin, one count of possession with the intent to deliver heroin, one count of criminal conspiracy to possess with the intent to deliver heroin, and one count of corrupt organizations.

--Miguel Rivera, 52, 21 East Irva Drive, Chambersburg, Franklin County, is charged with four counts of delivery of heroin, one count of possession with the intent to deliver heroin, and one count of criminal conspiracy to possess with the intent to deliver heroin.

--Miguel Dejesus-Ramirez, 33, 4014 Bennington St., Philadelphia, is charged with two counts of delivery of heroin, and one count of possession with the intent to deliver heroin.

--Manuel Weikel, 26, 2345 Derry St., Apt. 2, Harrisburg, Dauphin County, is charged with three counts of delivery of heroin.

--Emmanuel Sanchez, 29, address unknown, is charged with three counts of delivery of heroin, one count of possession with the intent to deliver heroin, and one count of criminal conspiracy to possess with the intent to deliver heroin.

--Latisha Martinez, 34, 440 Center St., Chambersburg, Franklin County, is charged with one count of delivery of heroin and one count of criminal conspiracy to possess with the intent to deliver heroin.

--Kristi Campbell, 25, 1101 Market St., Harrisburg, Dauphin County, is charged with one count of delivery of heroin.

--Daniel Colon, 29, 1920 N. 4th St., Harrisburg, Dauphin County, is charged with one count of delivery of heroin and one count of criminal conspiracy to possess with the intent to deliver heroin.

--Crystal Swartz, 28, 1122 Fernwood Ave., Camp Hill, Cumberland County, is charged with two counts of delivery of heroin and two counts of criminal conspiracy to possess with the intent to deliver heroin.

--Charles Finkbeiner, 30, 327 N. Franklin St., Chambersburg, Franklin County, is charged with two counts of delivery of heroin and one count of criminal conspiracy to possess with the intent to deliver heroin.

--Charity Flinta, 39, address unknown, is charged with two counts of delivery of heroin and one count of criminal conspiracy to possess with the intent to deliver heroin.

--Brandon Myers, 27, 4334 Lincoln Way East, Fayetteville, Franklin County, is charged with one count of possession with the intent to deliver heroin and one count of criminal conspiracy to possess with the intent to deliver heroin.

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

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