April 29, 2014
Attorney General Kane announces arrest of suspected Johnstown heroin dealer found with pure heroin and fentanyl
HARRISBURG - Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane today announced the arrest of a Johnstown man who had 795 stamped bags of heroin and eight grams of pure heroin in his possession, along with two vials of the narcotic fentanyl, which when cut with heroin can cause overdose-related deaths.
"Earlier this year, fentanyl-laced heroin killed 22 people in Western Pennsylvania, but with the assistance of local law enforcement, we identified and arrested a dealer with that same, deadly batch of heroin in his possession.
"Today we have arrested another man who, with the amount of pure heroin, fentanyl, and empty baggies ready for filling, had the potential to cause overdose deaths in Johnstown," she said.
On Monday, April 28, 2014, agents from the Bureau of Narcotics Investigation (BNI) with the assistance of local law enforcement made a controlled buy at a suspected stash house of Jermaine J. Jones, 32, at 1142 Edson Ave., 34 A. Oakhurst Homes, Johnstown, Cambria County. Following that buy authorities observed Jones making a traffic violation and were able to search his vehicle with his consent.
The items seized from Jones' vehicle included: 387 heroin stamp bags; 8 grams of raw heroin; two vials of fentanyl; 20 grams of marijuana, $1,640 ($70 of which was BNI buy money); and a cell phone. Jones was then taken into custody.
A consent to search conducted at the residence of Jones' paramour at 464 Stone St., Johnstown, yielded an additional 408 stamped bags of heroin, $27,430 cash, $2,150 prepaid Visa credit cards, 40 grams of marijuana, 23 unidentified pills and paraphernalia, including rubber bands and empty heroin stamp bags. The estimated street value of all heroin seized is $12,000.
"Thousands of Pennsylvanians struggle every day with heroin addiction, which destroys families and communities alike," Attorney General Kane said. "The Office of Attorney General is in neighborhoods across this Commonwealth, working with our partners to dry up the supply, one dealer at a time."
In October 2013, the Office of Attorney General met with local authorities in Johnstown to assess the illegal trafficking and use of heroin and prescription drugs, which are not mutually exclusive in the drug epidemic plaguing the Commonwealth.
Following that meeting the Attorney General shored up resources and reassigned BNI to additionally assist Johnstown law enforcement with investigations.
Attorney General Kane said yesterday's arrest is a result of that collaboration and training, and a success story in a community that has seen a rise in drug-related crimes in recent years.
Attorney General Kane thanked the Cambria County District Attorney's Office, Pennsylvania State Police Kiski Valley Barracks, Johnstown Police Department, the Cambria County Violent Drug Task Force and the Pennsylvania Board of Probation and Parole for their assistance with the investigation.
Jermaine J. Jones, address unknown, is charged with four counts of manufacture of heroin, three counts of possession of heroin, one count of possession of drug paraphernalia and one count of knowledge that property is proceeds of illegal activity.
He was preliminarily arraigned and held in the Cambria County Prison in lieu of $20,000 bail. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for May 6, 2014 before Magisterial District Judge Michael Musulin.
The case will be prosecuted in Cambria County by Deputy Attorney General Katherine Wymard. The investigation is ongoing.
(A person charged with a crime is presumed innocent until proven guilty.)
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