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Authorities Dismantle Suspected Heroin Ring with Ties to State College

by on February 06, 2014 1:37 PM

State and local authorities announced Thursday they have knocked down a heroin ring in Centre County.

The Attorney General's Bureau of Narcotics Investigations, along with police from State College Borough, Patton Township, Ferguson Township, Spring Township and Bellefonte Borough, dismantled a suspected heroin ring that operated throughout Centre and Lycoming counties.

The investigation, which began in March 2012, focused on the trafficking of bulk quantities of heroin in and around Centre County. Authorities arrested nine defendants in March 2013 for their various roles in the distribution of heroin and cocaine. Thursday's arrests, the second phase of the investigation, resulted in charges against 10 additional suspects.

Evidence and testimony regarding the alleged drug distribution was presented to a statewide investigating grand jury, which recommended the criminal charges be filed today, according to the Attorney General's office.

According to the grand jury, agents learned that a New York heroin and cocaine source was residing in Pleasant Gap and using local individuals to make drug deliveries in and around the State College and Williamsport areas.

As the investigation progressed, agents used court-authorized wiretaps and determined that local users and dealers were also obtaining heroin from sources located in Philadelphia and Williamsport.

The grand jury found that the defendants used various words and phrases to identify the drugs, including, "down" for heroin; "up" for cocaine; and "bun" or "bunny rabbit" for a bundle of heroin, which amounts to 10 bags.

While these arrests do not appear to be related to the recent rash of heroin overdose deaths in Western Pennsylvania, Attorney General Kathleen Kane says they are indicative of the very real threat heroin poses in rural communities across the Commonwealth.

Anyone with drug-related information is encouraged to contact the Centre County Drug Tip Task Force Hotline at 1-877-898-3784.

The investigation is ongoing and additional arrests are anticipated.

Senior Deputy Attorney General Patrick Leonard of the Attorney General's Drug Strike Force Section will prosecute the case in Centre County.

The defendants in the case are:

- Theophilius "Cowboy" "Wes" Baldwin, 36, currently incarcerated in the Centre County Correctional Facility, is charged with four counts of possession with the intent to deliver heroin and oxycodone, three counts of delivery of heroin, two counts of criminal conspiracy and one count of criminal use of a communication facility.

- Mandy Mabry, 38, of Lock Haven, Clinton County, is charged with one count of delivery of heroin, one count of possession with the intent to deliver heroin, one count of criminal conspiracy and one count of criminal use of a communication facility.

- Amanda Cain, 29, of Howard, Centre County, is charged with one count of possession with the intent to deliver heroin, one count of criminal conspiracy and one count of criminal use of a communication facility.

- Bryon "Salot" Jacobs, 25, of Philadelphia, is charged with one count of possession with the intent to deliver heroin, one count of criminal conspiracy and one count of criminal use of a communication facility.

- Dwayne "Weezy" Mays, 27, currently incarcerated at the State Correctional Institution Laurel Highlands, is charged with one count of delivery of heroin, one count of possession with the intent to deliver heroin, one count of criminal conspiracy and one count of criminal use of a communication facility.

- Aaron "White Boy" Harris, 30, of Philadelphia, is charged with two counts of delivery of heroin, one count of possession with the intent to deliver heroin, one count of criminal conspiracy and one count of criminal use of a communication facility.

- Harvey "T" "Tick" "Chip" Edwards, 37, of Williamsport, Lycoming County, is charged with two counts of delivery of heroin, one count of possession with the intent to deliver heroin, one count of criminal conspiracy and one count of criminal use of a communications facility.

- Douglas Cowher, 40, of Woodward, Centre County, is charged with one count of criminal conspiracy and one count of criminal use of a communication facility.

- Chad Solt, 39, of Pennsylvania Furnace, Centre County, is charged with three counts of delivery of Percocet, one count of criminal conspiracy and one count of criminal use of a communication facility.

- Chelcie Styers, 20, of Blanchard, Centre County, is charged with three counts of delivery of marijuana, one count of criminal conspiracy and one count of criminal use of a communication facility.

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