Some 20 people who allegedly sold drugs to undercover officers in Wyoming County over the past year were arrested last Wednesday (Aug. 10).
The sweep, conducted by the Pennsylvania State Police vice/narcotics unit and Wyoming County Drug Task Force, lasted about four hours.
The sting involved “street-level dealers,” Wyoming County District Attorney Jeff Mitchell said, and was just another indicator of how pervasive drugs are in a small county like his.
According to Mitchell, some 38 warrants involving 26 individuals were included in the sweep
The following were charged with delivery of a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance and criminal use of a communication facility:
Tamara L. Atkinson, 29, of Tunkhannock; Joseph A. Bancey, 21, of Mew Milford ; Stephanie M. Brace, 50, of Meshoppen; Kimberly A. Brinton, 51, of Meshoppen; Thomas P. Brinton Jr., 23, of Forkston; Rexford E. Cruz II, 40, of Dalton; Michael DeGraw Jr., 21, of Tunkhannock; Michelle A. Drogan, 23, of Meshoppen; George L. Gurney, 50, of Tunkhannock; Crystal G. Hollister, 35, of Meshoppen; Jonathan L. Hollister, 40, of Meshoppen; Kurtis P. Landon, 33, of Tunkhannock; Jessica L. Landon, 27, of Tunkhannock; Lindsey Lohmann, 28, of Laceyville; Kelly M. Rinebold, 32, of Blossburg; Kricket M. Rinebold, 34, of Blossburg; Linda Sue Smith, 52, of Factoryville; Bonnie L. Spindler, 24, of Tunkhannock; Robert W. Stover III, 19, of Tunkhannock; Brett A. Sutton, 30, of Laceyville.
The individuals were taken before Magisterial District Judge David Plummer to be arraigned, at which time bail was to be set, Mitchell said, so if an individual could not post bail, he or she would be incarcerated pending a preliminary hearing.
Mitchell noted that one individual sought, Kurtis D. Parkhurst, 32, of Meshoppen, was already in state prison; and the state police said they were still looking to apprehend five others: Stacy Marie Antoniotti, 36, of Factoryville; Kyle Dolechek, 34, of Factoryville; Colin R. Kulick, 22, of Tunkhannock; Raul Madera, 34, of Monroeton; and Jamey N. Shoemaker, 33, of Montrose.
If anyone has information about the individuals not yet apprehended, they are asked to contact the Tunkhannock barracks of the state police at 570-836-2141.