Drug suspects rounded up



Wyoming County Press Examiner

TUNKHANNOCK - An investigation over the past year has led to the arrest Tuesday morning of more than 20 persons for drug transactions that occurred in Wyoming County over the past year.

District Attorney Jeff Mitchell said two-thirds of the cases involved heroin and the rest involved pills, methamphetamine and cocaine.

Trooper Marty Connors said some cases also involved bath salts, and he called the suspects “street-level dealers- this is what they do for a living.”

“You’re talking about a lot of drugs taken off the street, not to mention the collateral damage they do,” Connors said.

The state police conducted the roundup, organizing at the Triton Hose Company fire hall in Tunkhannock around 7 a.m. and then branching out in teams with the aid of the U.S. Marshal’s service, state police from Troop P and Troop R, the Tunkhannock Twp. police department and the Wyoming County DA’s office.

Those for whom warrants were served not just in Wyoming County, but also in Bradford (3), Luzerne (2), Sullivan (2) and Susquehanna (2) included: Valerio Amato, 35; Patrick Bacorn, 31; Christina Birchard, 30; Tonya Birchard, 24; Jeremy Broody, 34; Matthew Canfield, 22; Christopher Everetts, 30; Rosie Goble, 19; Joshua Heiser, 23; Timothy Husted, 24; Dustin Harvey, 27; Duston Johnson, 27; Jesse Long, 24; Robert Manker, 36; Ryan McClain, 27; Ryan, McElhoes, 23; Travis Newell, 24; Richard Schultz, 28; Jerome Slick, 25; Michael Smith, 34; Christopher Travers, 30; Jenna Vanderpool, 26; and Adam Vosburg, 26.

Everetts, Johnson, Long, Manker and Smith had not been apprehended as of press time.

Of the round up, Mitchell said, “These investigations have been ongoing for over a year. I commend the Pennsylvania State Police and Wyoming County Detective David Ide for their hard work and dedication.”

Although not all police criminal complaints were reviewed, the ones seen also had $25,000 bail attached to them, and some were remanded to the Wyoming County Correctional Facility.

Mitchell said that while law enforcement and criminal investigations are one component in battling the use of illegal drugs, so is treatment and rehabilitation.

“It is my hope that those arrested will sincerely seek treatment and help to end the cycle of addiction that afflicts our community,” he said.

  • http://www.facebook.com/leathersmith Candy Livingston Everetts

    there, but by the Grace of God, goeth YOUR child…

  • http://www.facebook.com/brandon.hussong Brandon Hussong

    Full legalization of Marijuana and decriminalization of hard drugs.

  • http://www.facebook.com/brandon.hussong Brandon Hussong

    I do not live in Tunkhannock, I grew up there. True, we do not even know what their exact charges are.

  • Marty Meehan


    The real problem, as I see it, is that our community is being cultivated by forces in and outside the area for a continuing market of illicit hard drug sales. This, if allowed to go on, will result in the same conditions that you find in New York, New Jersy and Philladelphia.

    It’s also apperant that these people bringing their criminal enterprise to our community do so with little serious objection from community leaders; some of whom may even be involved.

    We should stop kidding ourselves: People get elected because they have money or someone is backing them in most instances. Why should we expect better things from people who spend vast fortunes to gain public office; when if they perform honestly, they don’t stand a chance of regaining their money they spent getting elected. The fact is that public office has proven enormously profitable for dishonest politicians.

  • Marty Meehan


    Any one can see that you have strong fealings about this matter. I agree with most of what you say. But we all seem to be overlooking the sensationalizing of a bunch of street busts that would otherwise go unnoticed. Also: Is it right to punish people (As in this publication of photoes) before they’re convicted; not to mention the possible jeopardy they may have these minor dealers with their suppliers.

    I’m not saying all this is right or wrong. But two years of, so called, intensive investigation should have resulted in more than embarrasment for locals. By the way, Are you going to vote????

  • Hoofie_of_Falls

    Yes. Laughable. Something wicked this way comes.

  • c0rrupti0n

    Apparently they enjoy wasting their taxes on a game that can’t be won. Their taxes will only go up too because the Wyoming County jail has been past maximum capacity for quiet awhile. Just last month prison board members were complaining that they no longer receive $250,000 to $300,000/month in boarding income and are now paying $65-70 a day and $30,000+ a month to board inmates in other prisons. All of these people arrested who don’t post bail will most likely have to be boarded elsewhere at a hefty fee.

  • http://www.facebook.com/brandon.hussong Brandon Hussong

    Hit the nail on the head bud. Add me on facebook, I look forward.

  • http://www.facebook.com/brandon.hussong Brandon Hussong

    Would you have taken a sip of wine during prohibition? If so, you deserve equally to rot in jail. Bad laws need to be fixed. You are blindly supporting non productive laws. When a substance is made illegal, the criminal aspect sky rockets! Alcohol kills many more people every year than street drugs do. We regulate it. We tax it. And even though it does more damage, people seem to accept it. Think philosophy vs. the law of man. Individual freedom of choice no matter how distasteful vs. running a nanny state where authority decides your fate.

  • http://www.facebook.com/brandon.hussong Brandon Hussong

    Those are our brothers and sisters up there. They are Father and Mothers. They are not murderers, they are not pedophiles. Should we not spend money helping them get better instead of throwing them in prison so they can rot? It cost over $45,000 a year to incarcerate a person. If you add Court costs and public rep, you will have over $100,000. We as a society take everything from them while leaving them with nothing. They will get out of jail broke and hopeless. After being labeled Felony criminals they will have no chance at getting a decent job. You wonder why people can never get traction in life, that is why. We take everything from them and leave them with no hope.

  • http://www.facebook.com/brandon.hussong Brandon Hussong

    So you people think that it is more important to spend tax payer money on enforcing and punishing drug offenses vs. investing and enforcing laws against violence, child abuse, theft?

  • http://www.facebook.com/brandon.hussong Brandon Hussong

    You idiots should read a book. There is only one person on here that is educated on the consequences of bad laws. Some of you want to throw these people in jail for years even though you have no facts or regard for what they even did. Do you want to lock someone up in jail for using Pot in their own home? This Country is changing. People like myself are sick of the establishment.

  • c0rrupti0n

    It’s laughable to think arresting low-level street dealers would do anything to anyone’s supply line. Apparently you don’t realize that you can order heroin and any drug imaginable, as well as legal research chemicals, in any quantities you want, anonymously, from the comfort of your own home and have them delivered to your door next day.

  • http://www.facebook.com/dickievonhamstine.barber.7 Dickie Von Hamstine Barber

    What is wrong with you people? There are laws for a reason. you break the law you go to jail. These people are slime balls and should sit in jail for many years. why let them out they will do the same thing over and over again. As a parent I am sad to see this town turned to crap by people like this. They are lucky that I don’t get to hand out their punishment because it would be a lot worse than what they wil get. Time to wake up people let’s clean up our town and be make it safe for our children. Get these drug pushing pigs out of here

  • http://www.facebook.com/christina.schmelter Christina Schmelter

    its still the law reguardless of the choices people make in their lives, we like to have well functioning people contributing to society, with out that we are not a thriving nation.

  • Hoofie_of_Falls

    Looking at the majority of the posts here… I must assume many have lost their supply line for a bit? Pardon me for chortling…

  • SystemFailure

    It would be nice of the current DA, Jeff Mitchell, to explain to these individuals why they get to sit in jail, some on conspiracy charges, for low-level street dealing, while his own previous client, Larry Denmon, got off on 30 days house arrest, $2,500 fine, and 1 year of probation for a major marijuana cultivation operation of over 200 plants. Do you only get that deal when he’s not the prosecutor?

  • http://www.facebook.com/melissa.southworth.79 Melissa Southworth

    i hope you all rought

  • c0rrupti0n

    So it makes sense for America, land of the free, to have more prisons and prisoners than any other country? It’s not about getting people help. It’s about creating a lucrative business for profit. Our country spends more on jailing it’s own people than educating them. The war on drugs is one that will never be won and is a farce. If it had any amount of success, other than creating profit for those who create and have a hand in the industry of jailing drug users, then I wouldn’t be able to walk out of my office right now and score nearly any drug I wanted to within a matter of minutes.

    One would think our government would have learned from prohibition. It’s the same thing really, just different drugs. The people creating and enforcing the laws are the same hypocrites who used illegal drugs themselves, but they managed to slip through the cracks and not get a permanent stain on their record. Just look at the drug use by Obama, Clinton, and Bush. They are fine examples that you can smoke weed, snort cocaine, be a raging alcoholic, and still become the President….but of course, only if you know the right people and don’t become part of the system.

  • http://www.facebook.com/brandon.hussong Brandon Hussong

    These young men and women are criminals because a man in a suit says so. When a substance is deemed illegal, the criminal demand and enterprise skyrocket. It costs a ton of money to investigate, represent, incarcerate, and prosecute individuals. People are going to use and handle substances regardless of their legality. We should minimize the cost and turmoil by looking at addictions and substances differently. I would rather see a heroin junkie buying hits for $5 bucks and shooting up in their own dwelling. Instead it is very expensive and hard to obtain. It is so difficult to support a habit that as a result violence and theft are the only way to support their addiction. Decriminalize drugs. Regulate Drugs like Medicine. Use treatment instead of prison. Our prisons are full of our brothers and sisters who got caught with marijuana, meanwhile every banking king and politician who ran our Country into the ground are sipping on a nice glass of Merlot.

  • Marty Meehan

    I don’t agree with complete legalization; but you have more accurately identified the problem when you describe it as an industry……….

  • c0rrupti0n

    I like how Robert Baker named the photo “Druggies”….classy. It’s time to just legalize everything. Alcohol and Tobacco separately kill more than all drugs combined. Alcohol is also responsible for 40% of violent crime. People have free will and will continue to put whatever they want into their bodies whether it’s legal or not. There’s no stopping it and these little busts do absolutely nothing to the industry or those who want to use drugs and escape reality. All it does is continue to jail non-violent drug offenders, fund the prison/probation system, and create a black market.

    The treatment and probation in this area is also just another way to make money off non-violent drug offenders. All these people should just take the easy route, sit in WCCF, which is already overfilled with non-violent drug offenders, and waste taxpayers money. Can’t force someone to change if they don’t want to themselves.

  • Marty Meehan

    The police who have to deal with street level dealers deserve much credit for for their hard work. But this should be considered only a beginning.

  • http://www.facebook.com/meganrainn Megan Teetsel

    the sad part is, some of the people commenting on this, are “friends” of these people, or have hung out with them in the past.. you aren’t done being an addict if you have only been clean less than thirty days, facts are facts. Some of the individuals have smiles on their faces, while their children are now suffering with out their mother or father.. that’s what’s sad. drugs are horrible and the addiction is even worse today, young people throwing their lives away, and for what? To do a drug that is going to make them sick? I am thankful I was raised the right way, down to earth, stay at home mom and a father who owned his own business and could work from home while I was growing up. To many families are trying to make ends meet today, while their child is off with a baby sitter or doing whatever they want depending on the age. I hope to read plenty more articles on the drug busts in this area. .

  • http://www.facebook.com/Yuppitsali Ali Lynch

    I pray for these ppl. To get the help they desperately need ! bless them.

  • http://www.facebook.com/Yuppitsali Ali Lynch

    wow! i know some of these people. grow up already, get help!!!!! you need it. addiction is a disease & the onnly ones who will make it through will ask for the help…. its so sad to see these people in such a bad place :(