A drug roundup, conducted by the Schuylkill County District Attorney's Drug Task Force in conjunction with local law enforcement, resulted in the arrest of 12 persons and warrants being issued for a total of 16 street-level dealers.
District Attorney James P. Goodman said the roundup occurred on Friday morning and centered in the northern area of the county.
Goodman said along with members of his drug task force, others participating in the roundup included police from Kline Township, Shenandoah, Mahanoy City and Pottsville, the sheriff's department, adult probation office, domestic relations office and detectives from the DA's office.
All those arrested were charged with various drug offenses including possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance. The 12 that were picked up were arraigned by county district judge's.
Goodman said the majority of the arrests were the result of investigations by his task force, and several were initiated by the Shenandoah Police Department.
Goodman also credited the work of all local police and Assistant District Attorney William Reiley, who is the prosecutor in charge of the drug task force. Reiley was hired under the COPS Methamphetamine Grant which pays for police overtime.
Goodman said the arrests are part of an ongoing effort to fight drug dealers. He noted the recent prosecution of those responsible for methamphetamine labs in the southern and central portions of the county.
Goodman emphasized what results can be achieved by local police working together with the county drug task force. He also said it was important to keep law enforcement vigilant as the fight against drugs is a constant commitment.
Goodman said many of the drug investigations started when citizens called in tips to the DA's drug force tip line.
If anyone has any drug tip information in the county they can call the tip line at (800) 414-1406.
Arrested were the following individuals, the bail set, and if they posted bail or were jailed. The bail in all but one case was 10 percent.
Ÿ Dawn Brozyno, Tamaqua, delivery of marijuana, $10,000, jailed.
Ÿ Christopher Hill, New Ringgold, delivery of marijuana, $25,000, posted.
Ÿ Mark Schmeer, Kelayres, delivery of marijuana, $10,000, jailed.
Ÿ Ronald Kennedy, Delano, delivery of methamphetamine, $50,000, jailed.
Ÿ Jose Rivera-Cabrera, Shenandoah, delivery of heroin, $50,000, jailed.
Ÿ Nathaniel Shoup, Shenandoah, delivery of marijuana, $25,000, jailed.
Ÿ Eric Berezwick, Mahanoy City, delivery of cocaine, $50,000, jailed.
Ÿ Stephanie Grant, Shenandoah, delivery of marijuana, $25,000, jailed.
Ÿ Richard Davidson, Shenandoah, delivery of Xanex, $15,000, jailed.
Ÿ Hope McMannus, Shenandoah, delivery of crack cocaine, $15,000, jailed.
Ÿ Jeifri Suazo, Shenandoah, delivery of crack cocaine, $50,000, jailed.
Ÿ Anthony Edmondson, Girardville, delivery of marijuana, $5,000 straight, jailed.
District Justices Stephen Bayer, of Tamaqua, Anthony Kilker, of Shenandoah, and James Ferrier, of Orwigsburg, arraigned the various defendants.