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

February 6, 2014

Centre County heroin trafficking investigation leads to charges against 10 suspected drug dealers

HARRISBURG - Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane today announced that agents from the Attorney General's Bureau of Narcotics Investigations (BNI), along with local police from State College Borough, Patton Township, Ferguson Township, Spring Township and Bellefonte Borough, have dismantled a heroin ring that operated throughout Centre and Lycoming counties.

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Theophilus Baldwin





Mandy
Mabry

 
Amanda Cain

 
Bryon Jacobs

 
Dwayne Mays

 
Aaron Harris

 
Harvey Edwards

 
Douglas Cowher

 
Chad Solt

 
Chelcie Styers

The investigation, which began in March 2012, focused on the trafficking of bulk quantities of heroin in and around Centre County. Agents and local police arrested nine defendants in March 2013 during the initial phase of the investigation for their various roles in the distribution of heroin and cocaine. Today's arrests, the second phase of the investigation, resulted in charges against 10 additional suspects.

Evidence and testimony regarding the alleged drug distribution was presented to a statewide investigating grand jury, which recommended the criminal charges being filed today.
 
According to the grand jury, agents learned that a New York heroin and cocaine source was living in Pleasant Gap, Centre County and using local individuals to make drug deliveries in and around the State College and Williamsport areas.

As the investigation progressed, agents used court-authorized wiretaps and determined that local users and dealers were also obtaining heroin from sources located in Philadelphia and Williamsport.

The grand jury found that the defendants used various words and phrases to identify the drugs: "down" for heroin; "up" for cocaine; and "bun" or "bunny rabbit" for a bundle of heroin, which amounts to 10 bags.

While these arrests do not appear to be related to the recent rash of heroin overdose deaths in Western Pennsylvania, Attorney General Kane noted they are indicative of the very real threat heroin poses in rural communities across the Commonwealth.

Anyone with drug-related information is encouraged to contact the Centre County Drug Tip Task Force Hotline at 1-877-898-3784 (DRUG).

The investigation is ongoing and additional arrests are anticipated.

Attorney General Kane thanked the Centre County District Attorney's Office, the State College Borough Police Department, the Patton Township Police Department, the Ferguson Township Police Department, the Spring Township Police Department, the Bellefonte Borough Police Department and the Lycoming County Drug Task Force for their assistance with the investigation.

The case will be prosecuted in Centre County by Senior Deputy Attorney General Patrick Leonard of the Attorney General's Drug Strike Force Section.

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

--Theophilius "Cowboy" "Wes" Baldwin, 36, currently incarcerated in the Centre County Correctional Facility, is charged with four counts of possession with the intent to deliver heroin and oxycodone, three counts of delivery of heroin, two counts of criminal conspiracy and one count of criminal use of a communication facility.

--Mandy Mabry, 38, 629 E. Main St., Lock Haven, Clinton County, is charged with one count of delivery of heroin, one count of possession with the intent to deliver heroin, one count of criminal conspiracy and one count of criminal use of a communication facility.

--Amanda Cain, 29, 249 Lakeview Drive, Howard, Centre County, is charged with one count of possession with the intent to deliver heroin, one count of criminal conspiracy and one count of criminal use of a communication facility.

--Bryon "Salot" Jacobs, 25, 1935 Bristol St., Philadelphia, is charged with one count of possession with the intent to deliver heroin, one count of criminal conspiracy and one count of criminal use of a communication facility.

--Dwayne "Weezy" Mays, 27, currently incarcerated at the State Correctional Institution Laurel Highlands, is charged with one count of delivery of heroin, one count of possession with the intent to deliver heroin, one count of criminal conspiracy and one count of criminal use of a communication facility.

--Aaron "White Boy" Harris, 30, 5623 Crowson St., Philadelphia, is charged with two counts of delivery of heroin, one count of possession with the intent to deliver heroin, one count of criminal conspiracy and one count of criminal use of a communication facility.

--Harvey "T" "Tick" "Chip" Edwards, 37, 46 Washington Blvd., Williamsport, Lycoming County, is charged with two counts of delivery of heroin, one count of possession with the intent to deliver heroin, one count of criminal conspiracy and one count of criminal use of a communications facility.

--Douglas Cowher, 40, 192 Mountain Ave., Woodward, Centre County, is charged with one count of criminal conspiracy and one count of criminal use of a communication facility.

--Chad Solt, 39, 207 Greenlee Lane, Pennsylvania Furnace, Centre County, is charged with three counts of delivery of Percocet, one count of criminal conspiracy and one count of criminal use of a communication facility.

--Chelcie Styers, 20, 112 Eagles Nest Road, Blanchard, Centre County, is charged with three counts of delivery of marijuana, one count of criminal conspiracy 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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