Nine alleged street level drug dealers were arrested during early morning raids conducted Thursday by the Schuylkill County District Attorney's Drug Task Force.
Tyler John Donnelly, Devin David Drey, Jaxson Raymond Detweiler, Sandra Lee Miller and Christopher J. Fox, all of Schuylkill Haven; Evan Paul Marceau, South Manheim Township; Edward Huhn, Butler Township; Bret V. Elliott, East Norwegian Township and Deborah Ann Morse, North Manheim Township.
All were arraigned before Magisterial District Justice James R. Ferrier, Orwigsburg where bail was set at $5,000 straight bail on each defendant and all were remanded to the Schuylkill County Prison. They were charged with delivery of heroin, cocaine, oxycodone and marijuana.
District Attorney Karen Byrne Noon announced that the drug sweep began at 6 a.m. Thursday and lasted until late in the afternoon . Detectives from the county drug task force were assisted by deputies from Sheriff Joseph G. Groody's office and members of the Schuylkill Haven and Butler Township Police Departments.
At a press conference late in the afternoon District Attorney Noon said the arrests were the result of investigations conducted by the county drug task force and that she will continue to make an effort to keep drug dealers off the street and will continue to "pursue drug dealers wherever they sell these poisons in our neighborhoods.'
Noon credits the expansion of the drug task force from the COPS Methamphetamine Grant which was received from the United States Department of Justice. The grant money pays for police overtime and she also credits the cooperation of local police forces for the increase in the number of drug arrests being made in the county.
Noon also thanks the public for their help in these drug investigations.
"Many drug investigations," Noon said, "started by people calling in tips to the Schuylkill County Drug Tip Line and urges people to continue with the calls as it greatly assists in drug investigations."
The Tip Line telephone number is (800) 414-1406.