More than $1M in drugs, cash seized in Schuylkill and Luzerne coun­ties

The Morning Call - - LOCAL NEWS - By Frank An­dr­us­cav­age

SUM­MIT STA­TION — Over $1 mil­lion in il­le­gal nar­cotics and cash were seized Tues­day as part of a drug in­ves­ti­ga­tion that spanned nine months in Schuylkill and Luzerne coun­ties.

“To­day is a good day for law en­force­ment in Schuylkill County and a bad day to be a drug dealer,” said Schuylkill County District At­tor­ney Michael A. O’Pake dur­ing a Tues­day af­ter­noon press con­fer­ence at the state po­lice sta­tion near Sum­mit Sta­tion.

O’Pake said the in­ves­ti­ga­tion led to charges against 14 peo­ple. He said 12 of the 14 were taken into cus­tody, ar­raigned and jailed while ar­rest war­rants were ob­tained for the re­main­ing two.

Charged in con­nec­tion with the drug sell­ing op­er­a­tion were:

Miguel Car­rasquillo Apon­i­naris, aka Domi, of Ha­zle­ton. Felix Diaz of Ha­zle­ton.

Yensi Ma­teo of Ha­zle­ton. Manuel Dli­j­den of Ha­zle­ton. Martin Diaz of Ha­zle­ton. Cas­san­dra O’Do­herty, aka CC, of Mar Lin.

An­thony H. Ca­ti­zone of Ash­land.

Dou­glass Huyett Pottsville.

Den­nis Shafe of Pottsville.

Jeremy Wengert of Schuylkill Haven.

She­lia Carter of Pottsville. of

Sharon Smith of Fred­er­icks­burg.

Christo­pher L. Maden­ford of Joli­ett.

Joseph J. Ga­nu­nis of Saint Clair.

O’Pake did not say which two of the 14 are at large or the charges filed against each.

With the drugs, cash and drug para­pher­na­lia laid out on a ta­ble at the po­lice bar­racks, O’Pake pointed out the large amounts of heroin, metham­phetamine and fen­tanyl that were con­fis­cated.

He said au­thor­i­ties took in more than 5 pounds each of metham­phetamine and fen­tanyl and over a pound of heroin.

“This is well in ex­cess of $1 mil­lion,” O’Pake said, adding that he be­lieves Tues­day’s op­er­a­tion was the largest drug con­fis­ca­tion in Schuylkill County.

He said those taken into cus­tody Tues­day are fa­mil­iar names in the il­le­gal drug trade.

“They have been do­ing it for years,” he said, adding it is be­lieved that Miguel Car­rasquillo Apon­i­naris is one of the ma­jor play­ers in the op­er­a­tion.

Tak­ing part were state po­lice, the Schuylkill County and Luzerne County district at­tor­ney’s of­fices, the Schuylkill County Drug Task Force and po­lice from Ash­land, Frackville, But­ler Town­ship, Pottsville, Schuylkill Haven and Tower City.

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