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

Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014

Four Lehigh Valley men arrested for trafficking methamphetamine

HARRISBURG - Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane today announced the arrest of four men accused of trafficking methamphetamine throughout Northampton County. 

 

John J. Anklam

 

Frank P. Papasso Jr.

 

Eric S. Youngkin

 

Jason E. Smith

The arrests are the result of a five-month investigation into the alleged street-level dealing of methamphetamine. Over the course of the investigation, agents made a series of undercover purchases and controlled buys in Easton and Bethlehem.  

Investigators alleged the trafficking ring sold approximately one quarter kilo of crystal methamphetamine with an estimated street value of $24,000. In addition, two pounds of marijuana with an estimated street value of $6,000 was seized.  

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

-- Jason E. Smith, 37, 424 Echo Lake Road, Tobyhanna, is charged with two counts of possession with the intent to deliver methamphetamine, one count of possession with the intent to deliver marijuana, two counts of corrupt organizations, one count of criminal use of a communication facility and one count of criminal conspiracy.

-- Frank P. Papasso Jr., 53, 3645 Kelchner St., Bethlehem, is charged with three counts of possession with the intent to deliver methamphetamine, two counts of corrupt organizations, one count of criminal use of a communication facility and one count of criminal conspiracy.

-- Eric S. Youngkin, 43, 2828 John St., Easton, two counts of corrupt organizations, one count of criminal use of a communication facility and one count of criminal conspiracy.

-- John J. Anklam, 46, 2361 4th St., Easton, is charged with two counts of possession with the intent to deliver methamphetamine, two counts of corrupt organizations, one count of criminal use of a communication facility and one count of criminal conspiracy.

The defendants were preliminarily arraigned before Magisterial District Judge Jacqueline Taschner and three were booked at the Northampton County Correctional Facility, with bail set as follows: Smith, $500,000 straight; Anklam, $100,000 straight; and Youngkin, $50,000 straight. Papasso Jr. was released on $100,000 unsecured bail. Their preliminary hearings are scheduled for March 11. 

Attorney General Kane thanked the Bethlehem Township Police Department for its assistance with the investigation. She also thanked Northampton District Attorney John Morganelli for his ongoing assistance and cooperation in Northampton County. 

The case will be prosecuted in Northampton County by Deputy Attorney General Robert Rosner of the Attorney General's Drug Strike Force Section.

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

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