AG Shapiro Seizes 60 Firearms, 2 Stolen Handguns, Shuts Down Meth Ring In Berks County

July 13, 2021 | Topic: Criminal

HARRISBURG—Attorney General Josh Shapiro today announced that agents from the Office of Attorney General have arrested five individuals and shut down a methamphetamine trafficking organization operating in Berks, Chester, and Montgomery counties.

“Drug trafficking is a dangerous and often violent enterprise that makes communities less safe,” said Attorney General Shapiro. “These defendants used stolen firearms to peddle poison into Pennsylvania communities. We’re committed to working with our local and state partners to make Pennsylvania neighborhoods safer.”

Agents arrested Randy Cronrath, Clayton Hoppe, Steven Lightcap, James Michelin, and Derek Wagner for their role in operating a methamphetamine trafficking organization in Berks, Chester, and Montgomery counties. During the course of the investigation, agents seized 60 firearms, including two stolen handguns, 300 grams of crystal methamphetamine, $27,435.00 in cash, three vehicles, and other paraphernalia. Using databases like the Office’s Track + Trace, the stolen handguns were able to be safely recovered and not used as untraceable weapons in future crimes.

All defendants have been charged with Corrupt Organizations, Possession With Intent To Deliver, and Possession of Controlled Substances. Cronrath and Michlen have been charged with Receiving Stolen Property. Cronrath has also been charged with Possession Of Firearms. The investigation was conducted in partnership with the Montgomery County District Attorney Detectives. This case is being prosecuted by Senior Deputy Attorney General Christie Bonesch. All charges are accusations. The defendants are innocent unless and until proven guilty.

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