DUBOIS – Clearfield County District Attorney William A. Shaw Jr. announced today that agents from the Office of Attorney General – Bureau of Narcotics, along with officers from the DuBois City Police Department, Clearfield County Drug Task Force and Pennsylvania State Police – Canine Unit, are in the process of arresting six suspected drug dealers as part of Operation Wrong Choice.
Shaw stated that agents from the Attorney General’s Office and officers from the DuBois City Police Department identified the suspects as selling drugs in DuBois City. Further investigation used advanced surveillance techniques, including electronic surveillance, as well as undercover purchases of illegal drugs, including cocaine, LSD, marijuana and various prescription medications.
Shaw stated that arrest warrants have been issued for the following individuals as a result of the operation: Darrell Taylor, 24, of Washington Avenue, Hyde; James E. Carter, 50, of Tozier Avenue, DuBois; Thomas Kiehlmeier, 27, of South Jared Street, DuBois; Stephanie Gilbert, 39, of Bonnie Court, Curwensville; Joshua Orcutt, 29, of Walltown Road, Grampian; and David August, 36, of North Stockdale Street, DuBois.
Shaw thanked Attorney General Kathleen Kane for providing the area with the resources necessary to fight back against illegal drug dealers. Shaw explained that because of Kane, Clearfield County is able to effectively operate a drug task force to investigate and arrest drug dealers in the area.
Shaw also thanked the DuBois City Council for recognizing the need to combat drug dealers in DuBois City and the willingness to devote resources from the DuBois City Police Department to participate in the drug task force. Shaw stated this battle is far from over, but they’re making progress because of leaders like Kane and the DuBois City Council who are committed to making a difference.
Shaw explained that the District Attorney’s Office and Clearfield County Drug Task Force are dedicated to removing illegal drugs from area communities, and holding those who possess and sell drugs accountable for their conduct. Shaw emphasized that these arrests should send a clear message that drug dealing will not be tolerated in Clearfield County.
Shaw thanked all of the officers and agents who participated in this operation.
Anyone with knowledge of a crime is asked to call Clearfield County Crime Stoppers at 800-376-4700. All calls to Crime Stoppers are confidential. Anonymous tips can also be submitted by visiting the Clearfield County District Attorney Web site at “www.ClearfieldDA.org” and selecting “Report A Crime.”