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

June 2, 2014

20 suspected drug dealers charged in Blair County street-level sweep

HARRISBURG - Twenty suspected drug dealers, accused of dealing a variety of illegal narcotics, today were charged by state narcotics agents following a street-level sweep in Blair County.

Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane said the charges are the culmination of a year-long cooperative investigation between the Office of Attorney General, the Blair County District Attorney's Office and the Altoona Police Department into the distribution of heroin, cocaine and prescription drugs in and around Altoona. 

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Carlton
Williams


 


Kevin
Holland

 
Dwayne
Hammel II

 
Jacquelyn Poorman

 
Jasmine McConnell

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Timothy Sheldon

 
Daniel
Benson

 
John Sollenberger

 
Effieann Potts

 
Niesha Edmunds

 
Chelsi Frye

 
Roy Lego

 
Kelsi Bergmann

 
Wordell Costley

 
Nathan
Lapenna

 
Zakkary Mannarino

 
Felicia
Risbon

 
Gregory
McQueen

 
Kendale
Shields

 
Danielle Brumbaugh

Over the course of the investigation agents made a series of undercover purchases and controlled buys in Altoona and other locations throughout Blair County. According to agents, the most prevalent drugs purchased throughout the investigation were heroin and prescription narcotics.

"The link between prescription drug abuse and heroin use is undeniable," Attorney General Kane said. "Individuals who use prescription pills recreationally are 19 times more likely to begin using heroin. The demand for these deadly drugs has not diminished, therefore counterdrug efforts in Altoona will remain a focus for my office and local law enforcement."

Information gathered from street-level sweeps, including sources of supply, is used to target mid- to upper-level drug dealers by the Attorney General's Bureau of Narcotics Investigation agents and drug prosecutors.

Law enforcement was assisted in its undercover work by information forwarded from Blair County's Push Out the Pusher hotline (814-693-3020 or 1-866-693-3020). The Blair County Drug Task Force, which receives its funding from the Office of Attorney General, was established to conduct street-level drug investigations.

Attorney General Kane thanked the businesses and community leaders involved with Operation Our Town, a nonprofit formed by local business leaders to take back local neighborhoods and rid them of drugs and drug-related crime. She also thanked Blair County District Attorney Richard Consiglio, the Blair county Sheriff's Office, the Altoona Police Department, Blair County Adult Probation and Parole, the Pennsylvania Board of Probation and Parole and other local law enforcement for their assistance with the investigation.

The defendants will be preliminarily arraigned before Tyrone Magisterial District Judge Fred Miller and Hollidaysburg Magisterial District Judge Paula Aigner. The cases will be prosecuted by Blair County District Attorney Richard Consiglio's office.

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

--Carlton Williams, 46, 1430 2nd Ave., Apt. 4, Altoona, is charged with one count of conspiracy, one count of delivery of heroin and one count of possession of heroin.

--Kevin Holland, 48, 1937 W. Chestnut Ave., Altoona, is charged with two counts of conspiracy, two counts of delivery of heroin and two counts of possession of heroin.

--Dwayne Hammel II, 23, 1463 Washington Ave., Altoona, is charged with four counts of delivery of heroin, four counts of possession of heroin, two counts of criminal use of a communication facility, one count of conspiracy and one count of possession of drug paraphernalia.

--Jacquelyn Poorman, 22, 1941 W. Chestnut Ave., 2nd Floor, Altoona, is charged with three counts of delivery of heroin, three counts of possession of heroin, three counts of criminal use of a communication facility and two counts of conspiracy.

--Jasmine McConnell, 19, 1941 W. Chestnut Ave., 2nd Floor, Altoona, is charged with three counts of delivery of heroin, three counts of possession of heroin and two counts of conspiracy.

--Timothy Sheldon, Age Unknown, 6169 Beacon St., Altoona, is charged with one count of delivery of Endocet, one count of possession of Endocet and one count of criminal use of a communication facility.

--Daniel Benson, 28, 510 11th St., Altoona, is charged with one count of conspiracy, one count of delivery of heroin, one count of possession of heroin and one count of criminal use of a communication facility.

--John Sollenberger, 38, 2237 11th Ave., Altoona, is charged with one count of conspiracy, one count of delivery of heroin, one count of possession of heroin and one count of criminal use of a communication facility.

--Effieann Potts, 20, 1002 2nd Ave., Altoona, is charged with one count of conspiracy, one count of delivery of crack, one count of possession of crack and one count of criminal use of a communication facility.

--Niesha Edmunds, 20, 2121 8th Ave., Altoona, is charged with one count of conspiracy, one count of delivery of crack, one count of possession of crack and one count of criminal use of a communication facility.

--Chelsi Frye, 23, 231 Maple Lane, New Enterprise, Bedford County, is charged with one count of delivery of hydrocodone, one count of possession of hydrocodone and one count of criminal use of a communication facility.

--Roy Lego, 50, 2110 6th Ave., Altoona, is charged with one count of delivery of hydrocodone/diazepam, one count of possession of hydrocodone/diazepam and one count of criminal use of a communication facility.

--Kelsi Bergmann, 25, 1043 6th St., Suite 3, Saxton, Bedford County, is charged with two counts of delivery of heroin, two counts of possession of heroin, two count of criminal use of a communication facility and one count of conspiracy.

--Wordell Costley, 42, 1204 20th St., Apt. 3, Altoona, is charged with one count of delivery of cocaine, one count of possession of cocaine and one count of criminal use of a communication facility.

--Nathan Lapenna, 25, 319 Garber St., Hollidaysburg, Blair County, is charged with two counts of delivery of heroin, two counts of possession of heroin, two counts of criminal use of a communication facility and one count of conspiracy.

--Zakkary Mannarino, 21, 610 4th Ave., Altoona, is charged with one count of conspiracy, one count of delivery of heroin, one count of possession of heroin and one count of criminal use of a communication facility.

--Felicia Risbon, 21, 1107 Ridge Road, New Enterprise, Bedford County, is charged with one count of delivery of Suboxone and one count of possession of Suboxone.

--Gregory McQueen, 46, 852 22nd St., Altoona, is charged with three counts of delivery of heroin, three counts of possession of heroin, three counts of criminal use of a communication facility and one count of conspiracy.

--Kendale Shields, 23, 2215 8th Ave., Altoona, is charged with four counts of delivery of heroin/cocaine, four counts of possession of heroin/cocaine and three counts of criminal use of a communication facility.

--Danielle Brumbaugh, 28, 424 Spruce Ave., Altoona, is charged with two counts of delivery of heroin and two counts of possession of heroin.

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

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