Po­lice ar­rest 15 in drug sweep

4 sus­pects at large

The Republican Herald - - FRONT PAGE - BY FRANK ANDRUSCAVAGE

MINERSVILLE — Fif­teen al­leged drug deal­ers in and around Min­ers ville woke Thurs­day morn­ing to be­ing placed in hand­cuffs dur­ing a drug sweep led by the Min­ers ville Po­lice Depart­ment fol­low­ing an ex­haus­tive, lengthy in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

Armed with ar­rest war­rants on com­plaints filed by Minersville po­lice Pa­trol­man Jef­frey Bow­ers, of­fi­cers — fed­eral, county and mu­nic­i­pal — set out look­ing for 19 in­di­vid­u­als and, in the end, ap­pre­hended 15 and ar­rested an­other two men f or un­re­lated crimes.

All of those ap­pre­hended were ar­raigned by Mag­is­te­rial Dis­trict Judge David A. Plachko, Port Car­bon.

The charges against them, their bail and prison sta­tion are as fol­lows: Wil­lie J. Brown Jr., 45, of 614 Lewis St., Minersville; pos­ses­sion with in­tent to de­liver a con­trolled sub­stance, de­liv­ery of a con­trolled sub­stance, con­spir­acy, and pos­ses­sion of a con­trolled sub­stance for sell­ing heroin to an un­der­cover of­fi­cer for $ 100 in the area of 500 Progress Ave. in Pottsville on Sept. 29.

In a sep­a­rate com­plaint, Brown was

charged with pos­ses­sion with in­tent to de­liver a con­trolled sub­stance, de­liv­ery of a con­trolled sub­stance, con­spir­acy and crim­i­nal use of a com­mu­ni­ca­tions fa­cil­ity for sell­ing mar­i­juana to an un­der­cover of­fi­cer in the area of 12th and Lau­rel streets in Pottsville on Oct. 5.

Brown was com­mit­ted to Schuylkill County Prison un­able to post $ 50 straight cash bail on one set of charges and 10 per­cent of $ 5,000 on the other.

Harold J. Royal, 63, of 114 Sun­bury St., Apt. 2, Minersville; pos­ses­sion with in­tent to de­liver a con­trolled sub­stance, de­liv­ery of a con­trolled sub­stance and pos­ses­sion of drug para­pher­na­lia for sell­ing Per­co­cet pills to an un­der­cover of­fi­cer for $ 60 at his apart­ment on Sept. 26.

In a sep­a­rate case, po­lice charged Royal with pos­ses­sion with in­tent to de­liver a con­trolled sub­stance, de­liv­ery of a con­trolled sub­stance and crim­i­nal use of a com­mu­ni­ca­tions fa­cil­ity for sell­ing Oxycon­tin pills to an un­der­cover of­fi­cer for $ 40 at 114 Sun­bury St. in Minersville on Oct. 8.

Royal was com­mit­ted to prison un­able to post a to­tal of $ 50,000 straight cash bail, $ 25,000 straight cash on each case.

Mosie M. Haynes, 70, of 125 Sun­bury St. Rear, Minersville; pos­ses­sion with in­tent to de­liver a con­trolled sub­stance, de­liv­ery of a con­trolled sub­stance and pos­ses­sion of a con­trolled sub­stance. Haynes was charged with sell­ing heroin to an un­der­cover of­fi­cer for $ 100 in the area of 145 Sun­bury St., Minersville, on Sept. 11.

In a sep­a­rate com­plaint, Haynes was charged with pos­ses­sion with in­tent to de­liver a con­trolled sub­stance, de­liv­ery of a con­trolled sub­stance and pos­ses­sion of a con­trolled sub­stance for sell­ing heroin to an un­der­cover of­fi­cer for $ 180 at 145 Sun­bury St. in Minersville on Sept. 12.

Haynes was jailed un­able to post $ 100,000 straight cash bail, $ 50,000 on each case.

Ju­dith Essler, 42, of 311 Lau­rel St., Minersville; pos­ses­sion with in­tent to de­liver a con­trolled sub­stance, de­liv­ery of a con­trolled sub­stance, crim­i­nal use of a com­mu­ni­ca­tions fa­cil­ity, pos­ses­sion of a con­trolled sub­stance and pos­ses­sion of drug para­pher­na­lia for sell­ing metham­phetamine for $ 60 to an un­der­cover of­fi­cer in the 300 block of Lau­rel Street in Minersville on Sept. 18.

In a sep­a­rate com­plaint, Essler was charged with pos­ses­sion with in­tent to de­liver a con­trolled sub­stance, de­liv­ery of a con­trolled sub­stance and pos­ses­sion of a con­trolled sub­stance for sell­ing mar­i­juana to an un­der­cover of­fi­cer for $ 80 in the 500 block of Sun­bury Street in Minersville on Oct. 4.

Essler was com­mit­ted to Schuylkill County Prison un­able to post $ 50 straight cash bail on one set of charges and 10 per­cent of $ 5,000 on the other.

Paulette S. Stablum, 47, of 705 Wal­nut Lane, Mar Lin; pos­ses­sion with in­tent to de­liver a con­trolled sub­stance, con­spir­acy, crim­i­nal use of a com­mu­ni­ca­tions fa­cil­ity, pos­ses­sion of a con­trolled sub­stance and pos­ses­sion of drug para­pher­na­lia for sell­ing heroin to an un­der­cover of­fi­cer for $ 175 in the area of her home on Oct. 8.

In a sep­a­rate com­plaint, po­lice charged Stablum with iden­ti­cal charges for sell­ing heroin to an un­der­cover of­fi­cer for $ 50 in the area of her home, also on Oct. 8.

Stablum was com­mit­ted to Schuylkill County Prison un­able to post bail in the amount of $ 100,000 straight cash on each case for a to­tal of $ 200,000.

Am­ber O’Neil, 34, of 67 Cen­ter Ave., Sec­ond Floor, Schuylkill Haven; con­spir­acy for driv­ing a man, iden­ti­fied as Wil­lie Brown, to the area of 12th and Lau­rel streets in Pottsville on Oct. 5. The man sold the mar­i­juana to an un­der­cover of­fi­cer for $ 50.

O’Neil was jailed un­able to post 10 per­cent of $ 5,000 bail.

Melissa Da­ley, 26, of 210 Car­bon St., Minersville; pos­ses­sion with in­tent to de­liver a con­trolled sub­stance, de­liv­ery of a con­trolled sub­stance and pos­ses­sion of a con­trolled sub­stance for sell­ing mar­i­juana for $ 20 to an un­der­cover of­fi­cer at her home on Oct. 2.

In a sep­a­rate com­plaint, Da­ley was charged with pos­ses­sion with in­tent to de­liver a con­trolled sub­stance, de­liv­ery of a con­trolled sub­stance and pos­ses­sion of a con­trolled sub­stance for sell­ing mar­i­juana to an un­der­cover of­fi­cer for $ 40 at her home, also on Oct. 2.

Da­ley was com­mit­ted to prison un­able to post $ 25,000 straight cash bail on each case for a to­tal of $ 50,000.

Ash­ley A. Fritz, 33, of 178 Sued­berg Road, Pine Grove; pos­ses­sion with in­tent to de­liver a con­trolled sub­stance, de­liv­ery of a con­trolled sub­stance, crim­i­nal use of a com­mu­ni­ca­tions fa­cil­ity, pos­ses­sion of a con- trolled sub­stance and pos­ses­sion of drug para­pher­na­lia for sell­ing metham­phetamine for $ 80 to an un­der­cover of­fi­cer at 43 S. Delaware Ave., Minersville, on Oct. 31.

In ad­di­tion, po­lice charged Fritz with an iden­ti­cal set of charges for sell­ing metham­phetamine to an un­der­cover of­fi­cer for $ 130 in the area of Pine and North Fourth streets in Minersville on Oct. 31.

Fritz was com­mit­ted to prison un­able to post 10 per­cent of $ 25,000 bail on each case for a to­tal of $ 50,000.

Stacey L. Hut­sko, 45, of 216 Mid­dle St., Minersville; de­liv­ery of a con­trolled sub­stance, pos­ses­sion of drug para­pher­na­lia, crim­i­nal use of a com­mu­ni­ca­tions fa­cil­ity and pos­ses­sion of a con­trolled sub­stance for sell­ing metham­phetamine to an un­der­cover of­fi­cer for $ 100 in the 200 block of Mid­dle Street in Minersville on Sept. 20.

Hut­sko was com­mit­ted to prison un­able to post $ 75,000 straight cash bail.

Don­ald Wrona, 46, of 705 Wal­nut Lane, Mar Lin; hin­der­ing ap­pre­hen­sion and ob­struc­tion of jus­tice for hin­der­ing Paulette Stablum as she was be­ing taken into cus­tody at the home they share.

Wrona was com­mit­ted to prison un­able to post 10- per­cent of $ 25,000 bail.

In ad­di­tion, Wrona is fac­ing ad­di­tional charges af­ter a search war­rant ex­e­cuted at his home led to the seizure of mar­i­juana, a stolen firearm and drug para­pher­na­lia.

Michael J. Sinko, 42, of 116 N. Fourth St., Minersville; pos­ses­sion with in­tent to de­liver a con­trolled sub­stance, de­liv­ery of a con­trolled sub­stance and crim­i­nal use of a com­mu­ni­ca­tions fa­cil­ity. Po­lice charged Sinko with sell­ing pre­scrip­tion pills to an un­der­cover of­fi­cer for $ 180 in the area of Fourth and Pine streets in Minersville on Sept. 28.

Po­lice also filed a sec­ond set of iden­ti­cal charges against Sinko for sell­ing Oxycon­tin pills to an un­der­cover of­fi­cer for $ 125 in the same area on Oct. 1.

Sinko was com­mit­ted to prison un­able to post $ 50,000 straight cash bail, $ 25,000 on each case.

Michael Ger­ald Sinko, 28, of 346 High Road, Sec­ond Floor, Pottsville; pos­ses­sion with in­tent to de­liver a con­trolled sub­stance, de­liv­ery of a con­trolled sub­stance, pos­ses­sion of a con­trolled sub­stance, pos­ses­sion of drug para­pher­na­lia and crim­i­nal use of a com­mu­ni­ca­tions fa­cil­ity for sell­ing crack co­caine to an un­der­cover of­fi­cer for $ 120 at his home on Oct. 5.

In a sep­a­rate com­plaint, po­lice charged Michael Sinko with pos­ses­sion with in­tent to de­liver a con­trolled sub­stance, de­liv­ery of a con­trolled sub­stance, pos­ses­sion of a con­trolled sub­stance, pos­ses­sion of drug para­pher­na­lia and crim­i­nal use of a com­mu­ni­ca­tions fa­cil­ity for sell­ing crack co­caine to an un­der­cover of­fi­cer at his home on Oct. 5.

He was com­mit­ted to prison on $ 50,000 straight cash bail on each case for a to­tal of $ 100,000.

Ger­ald A. Sinko, 27, of 346 High Road, Sec­ond Floor, Pottsville; con­spir­acy to com­mit pos­ses­sion with in­tent to de­liver a con­trolled sub­stance, con­spir­acy to com­mit and con­spir­acy to com­mit pos­ses­sion of a con­trolled sub­stance for be­ing with Michael Sinko when he sold crack co­caine to an un­der­cover of­fi­cer at his High Road home on Oct. 5.

In ad­di­tion, po­lice charged Ger­ald Sinko with an iden­ti­cal set of of­fenses for be­ing with Michael Sinko when he sold crack co­caine to an un­der­cover of­fi­cer for $ 120 at his home that same day.

Ger­ald Sinko was com­mit­ted to prison un­able to post a to­tal bail of $ 50,000 straight cash, $ 25,000 for each case.

Joseph E. Boris Jr., 50, of 311 Arlene St., Minersville; pos­ses­sion with in­tent to de­liver a con­trolled sub­stance, de­liv­ery of a con­trolled sub­stance, crim­i­nal use of a com­mu­ni­ca­tions fa­cil­ity, pos­ses­sion of a con­trolled sub­stance and pos­ses­sion of drug para­pher­na­lia for sell­ing metham­phetamine to an un­der­cover of­fi­cer for $ 150 at the Kings Vil­lage Plaza on Oct. 11.

Po­lice also charged Boris with an iden­ti­cal set of charges for sell­ing metham­phetamine cut with ec­stasy to an un­der­cover of­fi­cer for $ 260 at the Kings Vil­lage Plaza on Oct. 10.

Boris was jailed in lieu of $ 75,000 straight cash bail.

Shanalee M. Brevett, 41, of 210 Car­bon St., Minersville; pos­ses­sion with in­tent to de­liver a con­trolled sub­stance, de­liv­ery of a con­trolled sub­stance, crim­i­nal use of a com­mu­ni­ca­tions fa­cil­ity, con­spir­acy and pos­ses­sion of drug para­pher­na­lia for sell­ing mar­i­juana for $ 50 to an un­der­cover of­fi­cer at her home on Oct. 10.

Brevett was com­mit­ted to prison un­able to post $ 25,000 straight cash bail.

Mar­garet E. Thomas, 59, of 610 Lewis St., Minersville; de­liv­ery of a con­trolled sub- stance, pos­ses­sion of drug para­pher­na­lia, pos­ses­sion of a con­trolled sub­stance and crim­i­nal use of a com­mu­ni­ca­tions fa­cil­ity for sell­ing Subox­one and Ad­der­all to an un­der­cover of­fi­cer for $ 75 on Sept. 20 in the 600 block of Lewis Street in Minersville.

She was re­leased on $ 10,000 un­se­cured bail.

In ad­di­tion to those taken into cus­tody, po­lice are still look­ing for four peo­ple wanted as part of the sweep. They are:

Rox­anne M. Roberts, 29, of 615 Lau­rel Blvd., Pottsville; pos­ses­sion with in­tent to de­liver a con­trolled sub­stance, de­liv­ery of a con­trolled sub­stance, pos­ses­sion of a con­trolled sub­stance and con­spir­acy. Roberts was charged with sell­ing heroin to an un­der­cover of­fi­cer for $ 100 in the area of 500 Progress Ave. in Pottsville on Sept. 29.

David J. Thomas, 34, of 610 Lewis St., Minersville; pos­ses­sion with in­tent to de­liver a con­trolled sub­stance, de­liv­ery of a con­trolled sub­stance and crim­i­nal use of a com­mu­ni­ca­tions fa­cil­ity for sell­ing Subox­one to an un­der­cover of­fi­cer for $ 60 at his home on Sept. 27.

In a sep­a­rate com­plaint, po­lice charged Thomas with de­liv­ery of a con­trolled sub­stance for sell­ing Subox­one to an un­der­cover of­fi­cer for $ 60 on Sept. 5 at 43 S. Delaware Ave., Minersville.

Joanne S. Noble, 41, of 150 Union St., Apt. D, Millers­burg; pos­ses­sion with in­tent to de­liver a con­trolled sub­stance, de­liv­ery of a con­trolled sub­stance, crim­i­nal use of a com­mu­ni­ca­tions fa­cil­ity, pos­ses­sion of a con­trolled sub­stance and pos­ses­sion of drug para­pher­na­lia for sell­ing metham­phetamine to an un­der­cover of­fi­cer for $ 270 at Kings Vil­lage Plaza on Oct. 10.

Po­lice also charged Noble iden­ti­cal charges for sell­ing metham­phetamine to an un­der­cover of­fi­cer for $ 270, also on Oct. 10 at the Kings Vil­lage Plaza.

Kyle T. Putalavage, 30, of 227 Jack­son St., Port Car­bon; pos­ses­sion with in­tent to de­liver a con­trolled sub­stance, de­liv­ery of a con­trolled sub­stance, and pos­ses­sion of a con­trolled sub­stance for sell­ing crack co­caine to an un­der­cover of­fi­cer for $ 60 in the area of Field Road and Jones Street in Minersville on Oct. 2.

In con­nec­tion with the sweep, a search war­rant ex­e­cuted at the home of Michael and Ger­ald Sinko at 346 High Road in Cass Town­ship led to Kasey D. Prutz­man, 26, be­ing taken into cus­tody on an out­stand­ing bench war­rant.

Po­lice said in­side that home of­fi­cers found a 1/ 2 pound of mar­i­juana, metham­phetamine and firearms.

As a re­sult, po­lice said, Michael and Ger­ald Sinko are fac­ing ad­di­tional charges.

Schuylkill County Dis­trict At­tor­ney Michael A. O’Pake cred­ited the work of Bow­ers, t he Minersville Po­lice Depart­ment and ev­ery mem­ber of law en­force­ment in­volved in the in­ves­ti­ga­tions.

O’Pake said he hopes Thurs­day’s ar­rests send a mes­sage that il­le­gal drug ac­tiv­ity in Schuylkill County will not be tol­er­ated.

“This is an ex­am­ple of law en­force­ment and the dis­trict at­tor­ney’s of­fice work­ing to­gether to make sure that we make life bet­ter for the res­i­dents of Schuylkill County,” he said.

O’Pake said those taken into cus­tody were deal­ing drugs rang­ing from pre­scrip­tion med­i­ca­tion and mar­i­juana to crack co­caine, metham­phetamine and heroin.

“This is a se­ri­ous mat­ter that will be taken se­ri­ously by law en­force­ment and the dis­trict at­tor­ney’s of­fice to make life in Schuylkill County bet­ter,” O’Pake said.

“This op­er­a­tion will hope­fully put a dent into the flow of con­trolled sub­stances in our area,” Bow­ers said. “It should send a clear mes­sage that if you deal drugs, we’re com­ing for you.”

Bow­ers said that hope­fully, by tak­ing these drug deal­ers off the streets, the op­er­a­tion will bring some sem­blance of nor­malcy back to neigh­bors that had to deal with their nui­sance.

“This op­er­a­tion would not have been able to be ac­com­plished with­out the seam­less co­op­er­a­tion of many law en­force­ment agen­cies,” Bow­ers said.

Minersville po­lice said they were as­sisted in both the in­ves­ti­ga­tion and sweep by law en­force­ment agen­cies from the fed­eral, state, county and lo­cal lev­els.

Mu­nic­i­pal of­fi­cers from But­ler Town­ship, Blythe Town­ship, Pottsville, Port Car­bon and Frackville as well as Penn­syl­va­nia State Po­lice as­sisted. Also as­sist­ing were the U. S. Mar­shals FAST fugi­tive ap­pre­hen­sion unit, the Penn­syl­va­nia Board of Pro­ba­tion, the Schuylkill County Dis­trict At­tor­ney’s Of­fice and Schuylkill County Drug Task Force.

Con­tact the writer: fan­dr­us­cav­age@ re­pub­li­can­her­ald. com; 570- 628- 6013

KYLE T. PUTALAVAGE

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