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



August 2, 2013

Three more arrests in Central Pa. "Operation Last Call" drug ring

HARRISBURG - Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane and Blair County District Attorney Richard Consiglio today announced three additional arrests as part of an ongoing investigation into the distribution of narcotics and prescription drugs throughout Blair County. Warrants are outstanding for the arrest of five other individuals.

Kane said the criminal charges filed last week are part of an extensive grand jury investigation and the latest phase of "Operation Last Call," which last year resulted in the arrest of 14 cocaine suppliers, distributors and dealers. The investigation effectively dismantled the largest drug distribution network ever identified in Blair County.

 
Jerome Green

 
Lisa Richards
 
Jeannette Novak


The arrests are part of an ongoing effort to target local, street-level dealers, who work in connection with upper-level dealers and organizations. Agents said the defendants charged were associated with drug suppliers, distributors and dealers who trafficked cocaine and other illegal substances between Maryland and Central Pennsylvania.

Over the course of the investigation, agents and local police made a series of undercover and controlled purchases in and around Blair County. In addition to the work agents conducted on the street, information provided to the Blair County "Push out the Pushers" hotline (814-693-3020) was used to help identify additional suspected drug dealers.

Kane thanked businesses and community leaders involved with "Operation Our Town," a nonprofit corporation formed by local business leaders to take back local neighborhoods and rid them of drugs and drug-related crimes.

Kane also thanked the Blair County District Attorney's Office, the Altoona Police Department, the Blair County Drug Task Force, the Centre County Drug Task Force, the Pennsylvania State Police, and the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections - SCI Camp Hill for their cooperation and assistance with the ongoing investigation.

The criminal charges were filed before Blair County Magisterial District Judge Fred Miller. The defendants will be prosecuted in Blair County by Senior Deputy Attorney General David C. Gorman of the Attorney General's Drug Strike Force Section and Assistant District Attorney Pete Weeks of the Blair County District Attorney's Office.

Below is a list of the defendants and the charges filed against them:

Jerome Edward Green, 46, 2500 Washington Ave., Altoona, is charged with one count of possession with intent to deliver marijuana and one count of criminal conspiracy.

Lisa Marie Richards, 41, 60 Horseshoe Drive, Altoona, is charged with one count of possession with intent to deliver cocaine, one count of criminal conspiracy and one count of criminal use of a communications facility.

Jeannette Jo Novak, 48, 374 Ski Gap Road, Claysburg, is charged with one count of possession with intent to deliver Roxicodone, one count of criminal conspiracy and one count of criminal use of a communications facility.

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