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Kunkletown man charged in Monroe Co. drug bust

A drug raid conducted by members of the Monroe County Drug Task Force Tuesday at the Roadway Motel, Delaware Water Gap, resulted in four people being arrested and the confiscation of heroin, methamphetamine and crack cocaine.

Charged are Amanda Petrizzo, 37, of Cresco, Bobby Young, 40, of Kunkletown, Robert Benjamin, 45, of Henryville, and Shannon Wheaton, 45, of Delaware Water Gap.

Petrizzo, Young and Benjamin are all being held at the Monroe County Correctional Facility, Snydersville, unable to post bail while Wheaton has been released.

The arrests are the result of an investigation that began in April and was led by Detective Kim Lippincott of the Monroe County Office of the District Attorney. The detective, members of the PA State Police and officers from Pocono Township Police Department and the Pocono Mountain Regional Police conducted the raid armed with search warrants.

Police said a warrant executed on Room 224 resulted in the arrests of Petrizzo, Young and Benjamin. A search of the hotel room revealed they were in possession of four bricks of heroin, an ounce of methamphetamine, a small amount of crack cocaine, several cell phones and $566. Later, police arrested Wheaton after she was located in room 144

Police said the four defendants admitted to the illegal activities they were partaking in at the hotel.

Petrizzo told officers she had been selling drugs for approximately 9 months to a year in Monroe County. She admitted to traveling to New Jersey two to three times per week to obtain upwards to 10-15 bricks of heroin in each trip and said she was selling drugs to support her own habits and to make money since she became homeless.

The four was arraigned by Magisterial District Judge Michael Muth, who set the following bail requirements: Petrizzo, $25,000 secured bail; Young, $5,000 secured bail; Wheaton, $10,000 unsecured bail; and Benjamin, $5,000 secured bail. The charges include possession of a controlled substance, possession with intent to deliver, possession of drug paraphernalia and criminal use of a communications facility

Bobby Young
Amanda Petrizzo
Robert Benjamin
Shannon Wheaton