Five Persons Charged in $100,000 PA Heroin Drug Bust
According to a press release from Attorney General Josh Shapiro, five people have been arrested and charged in a Pennsylvania heroin drug bust – which netted 200 bricks of heroin valued at around $100,000.
“Our agents, working with police in Johnstown and Altoona, charged five persons today with drug dealing. With these arrests, we were able to get a large quantity of heroin off our streets. The investigation is ongoing. We’re collaborating with local law enforcement, and we’ll relentlessly pursue criminals selling heroin and other drugs in every community across our Commonwealth.”
The group’s ringleader has been named as Philadelphia man Damon Devine, 40. According to reports, Devine was arrested after he allegedly sold heroin to a confidential informant.
Four co-conspirators were also arrested as part of the investigation, which was conducted by the Bureau of Narcotics Investigation, the Blair and Cambria County Drug Task Forces, the FBI Safe Streets Task Force and the police departments in Altoona and Johnstown.
Allegedly, Devine received money from the informant, and then directed the informant to obtain thirteen bricks (650 bags) of heroin from another person. The informant reportedly obtained the heroin, which then led investigators to seize two vehicles and arrest four other suspects. Additionally, nearly $8,000 was confiscated as well as the buy money used for the drug purchase.
Additional information led agents to issue a search warrant on a home in Johnstown, where officers and agents recovered approximately 200 heroin bricks (10,000 bags) with a street value of around $100000. In addition, 87 grams of crack cocaine, 28 grams of marijuana, and nearly $12,000 in cash and drug paraphernalia were seized.
Others charged in the heroin drug bust include Jasmine McGowan, 26, and Anthony Freiwald, 29, of Johnstown, Barbara Tyler, 57, of Trenton, N.J., and James Everett-Bey, 39, of Philadelphia.
Individuals who have witnessed a drug deal in their neighborhood or suspect illegal drug activity where they live or work can send an anonymous tip to the Office of Attorney General by texting PADRUGS + YOUR TIP to 847411.
~ G. Nathalee Serrels, M.A., Psychology