36 Charged in Blair County Drug Bust

HARRISBURG — Attorney General Bruce R. Beemer today announced criminal charges have been filed against 36 people accused of distributing or possessing illegal drugs in Blair County.

A year-long investigation, which culminated in today’s charges, focused on street- to mid-level dealers accused of distributing heroin, cocaine, bath salts, psilocybin mushrooms, marijuana and prescription narcotics.

Agents from the Attorney General’s Bureau of Narcotics Investigation partnered with investigators from the Blair County Drug Task Force and the Altoona Police Department on the joint investigation. Law enforcement officials used various tools, including surveillance techniques and undercover purchases, as they worked to file charges.

Over the course of the investigation, investigators made a series of controlled purchases utilizing confidential informants and undercover officers/agents. Controlled purchases were made in the City of Altoona and the surrounding municipalities. The investigation is ongoing and more arrests are expected.

Beemer thanked the following agencies for their participation in the investigation: the Altoona Police Department, the Blair County Sheriff’s Department, the Blair County District Attorney’s office, the Pennsylvania Board of Probation and Parole, the Blair County Drug Task Force and Pennsylvania State Police.

Additionally, Beemer also thanked Operation Our Town for its support. Operation Our Town is an organization in Blair County with a mission of supporting the fight against drugs and violent crime. Individuals with drug information may contact the Operation Our Town “Push Out the Pusher” hotline at 814-693-3020.

The defendants will be preliminarily arraigned before Blair County Magisterial District Judge Paula Aigner and will be prosecuted by Blair County District Attorney Richard Consiglio’s office.

The following is a list of individuals charged today, their last known addresses and the charges they face:

Rashad Reid, 29, of the 2300 block of Parkhill Drive, Pittsburgh, is charged with one count each of possession with intent to deliver or delivery of a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance and criminal use of a communication facility (heroin).

William Jones, 35, of the 900 block of Southside Avenue, Pittsburgh, is charged with two counts each of possession with intent to deliver or delivery of a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance, criminal use of a communication facility and criminal conspiracy (heroin).

Steven Johnson, 58, of the 2900 block of Bedford Avenue, Pittsburgh, is charged with two counts each of possession with intent to deliver or delivery of a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance, criminal use of a communication facility and criminal conspiracy (heroin).

Danielle Pheasant, 27, of the 1000 block of 17th Avenue, Altoona, is charged with five counts each of possession with intent to deliver or delivery of a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance and criminal use of a communication facility (cocaine/vyvanse/hydrocodone).

Brandi Pace, 33, of the 2800 block of Maple Avenue, Altoona, is charged with two counts each of possession with intent to deliver or delivery of a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance and criminal use of a communication facility (morphine/lorazepam).

Echo Geist, 36, of the 700 block of fourth Avenue, Altoona, is charged with four counts each of possession with intent to deliver or delivery of a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance, criminal use of a communication facility and criminal conspiracy (heroin).

Daniel Kramer, 29, of the 700 block of Fourth Avenue, Altoona, is charged with four counts each of possession with intent to deliver or delivery of a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance, criminal use of a communication facility and criminal conspiracy (heroin).

Dana Sklinar, 33, of the 200 block of Crescent Drive, Windber, is charged with one count each of possession with intent to deliver or delivery of a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance and criminal use of a communication facility (heroin).

Jocelyn Rogers, 20, of the 1100 block of 20th Avenue, Altoona, is charged with two counts each of possession with intent to deliver or delivery of a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance and criminal use of a communication facility (heroin).

Logan Leutenegger, 23, of the 1100 block of West Loop Road, Hollidaysburg, is charged with two counts each of possession with intent to deliver or delivery of a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance and criminal use of a communication facility (cocaine).

Scott Vipond, 38, of the 800 block of First Avenue, Altoona, is charged with two counts each of possession with intent to deliver or delivery of a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance and criminal use of a communication facility (suboxone).

Patty Hilton, 43, of the 1300 block of Second Avenue, Altoona, is charged with two counts each of possession with intent to deliver or delivery of a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance and criminal use of a communication facility (suboxone).

Mitchell Peterman, 29, of the 2200 block of Third Avenue, Altoona, is charged with one count each of possession with intent to deliver or delivery of a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance, criminal use of a communication facility and criminal conspiracy (mushrooms).

Dale Davis, 40, of the 800 block of Fifth Avenue, Altoona, is charged with one count each of possession with intent to deliver or delivery of a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance, criminal use of a communication facility and criminal conspiracy (mushrooms).

Ashley Mitchell, 31, of the 200 block of Somerset Avenue, Windber, is charged with two counts each of possession with intent to deliver or delivery of a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance and criminal use of a communication facility, as well as one count of criminal conspiracy (Xanax).

Angelina Jackson, 39, of the 100 block of Roaring Spring Commons, Roaring Spring, is charged with two counts each of possession with intent to deliver or delivery of a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance and criminal use of a communication facility, as well as one count of criminal conspiracy (Xanax).

Adam Etchells, 31, of the 1700 of Newry Lane, Duncansville, is charged with two counts each of possession with intent to deliver or delivery of a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance and criminal use of a communication facility, as well as one count of criminal conspiracy (cocaine/mushrooms).

Johanna Bergey, 29, of the 1700 block of Fifth Avenue, Altoona, is charged with one count each of possession with intent to deliver or delivery of a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance, criminal use of a communication facility and criminal conspiracy (cocaine).

Forever Trich, 20, of the 200 block of Sixth Street, Altoona, is charged with one count each of possession with intent to deliver or delivery of a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance and criminal use of a communication facility (marijuana/oxycodone).

Teresa Tilson, 49, of the 1100 block of Fifth Avenue, Altoona, is charged with one count each of possession with intent to deliver or delivery of a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance, criminal use of a communication facility and criminal conspiracy (hydrocodone).

John Snarski III, 43, of the 1100 block of 12th Avenue, Altoona, is charged with three counts each of possession with intent to deliver or delivery of a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance and criminal use of a communication facility (suboxone/mushrooms).

Shawn Clark, 26, of the 1200 block of 20th Street, Altoona, is charged with one count each of possession with intent to deliver or delivery of a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance and criminal use of a communication facility (heroin).

Thomas Ickes, 48, of the 200 block of Wicker Street, Altoona, is charged with one count each of possession with intent to deliver or delivery of a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance, criminal use of a communication facility and criminal conspiracy (bath salts).

Martin Caporuscio, 43, of the 1600 block of 20th Avenue, Altoona, is charged with one count each of possession with intent to deliver or delivery of a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance and criminal use of a communication facility (methylphenidate).

Mitchell Stevens, 19, of the 700 block of Beaumont Drive, Altoona, is charged with one count each of possession with intent to deliver or delivery of a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance and criminal use of a communication facility (marijuana).

Calina Etchison, 35, of the 2100 block of 11th Avenue, Altoona, is charged with four counts each of possession with intent to deliver or delivery of a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance and criminal use of a communication facility, as well as two counts of criminal conspiracy (crack cocaine).

Kayla Reyes, 22, of Staten Island, NY, is charged with two counts each of possession with intent to deliver or delivery of a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance, criminal use of a communication facility and criminal conspiracy (crack cocaine).

Jeremiah Morgan, 36, of the 800 block of Sixth Avenue, Altoona, is charged with one count each of possession with intent to deliver or delivery of a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance, criminal use of a communication facility and criminal conspiracy (heroin).

William Snyder II, 33, of the 600 block of Eighth Ave., Altoona is charged with four counts each of possession with intent to deliver or delivery of a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance, criminal use of a communication facility, and criminal conspiracy (heroin).

Gregory Henderson, 35, of the 5900 block of Meade Street, McKeesport, Allegheny County, is charged with one count each of possession with intent to deliver or delivery of a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance, criminal use of a communication facility, fleeing or attempting to elude police officer and criminal conspiracy (heroin).

Philip Way, 34, of the 1000 block of Rosewood Drive, Altoona, is charged with seven counts each of possession with intent to deliver or delivery of a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance, criminal use of a communication facility, and six counts of criminal conspiracy (heroin).

Lynorris Wilson, 35, of the 1500 block of 10th Street, Altoona, is charged with seven counts each of possession with intent to deliver or delivery of a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance and criminal use of a communication facility, as well as four counts of criminal conspiracy (heroin/cocaine).

Munson Wolfe III, of the 500 block of Second Avenue, Altoona, is charged with two counts each of possession with intent to deliver or delivery of a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance, criminal use of a communication facility and criminal conspiracy, in addition to one count each of theft and receiving stolen property (heroin).

Dione Boynton, 35, of the 100 block of Second Avenue, Altoona, is charged with one count each of possession with intent to deliver or delivery of a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance, criminal use of a communication facility and criminal conspiracy (heroin).

John Haddock Jr., 48, of the 900 block of Lexington Avenue, Altoona, is charged with two counts each of possession with intent to deliver or delivery of a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance, criminal use of a communication facility and criminal conspiracy (heroin).

James Morgan, 35, of the 1900 block of Fourth Avenue, Altoona, is charged with two counts each of possession with intent to deliver or delivery of a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance, criminal use of a communication facility and criminal conspiracy (heroin).

Individuals who have witnessed a drug deal in their neighborhood or suspect illegal drug activity where they live or work can send an anonymous tip to the Office of Attorney General by texting PADRUGS + YOUR TIP to 847411. Tips may also be submitted electronically here.

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