Authorities have arrested a dozen people and dismantled a drug ring suspected of funneling opioids from New York to the Chambersburg area, according to Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro.
The suspected ringleader of the group, David Bruce Darby of Chambersburg, is facing multiple charges, including drug delivery resulting in death, Shapiro said.
Darby is accused of smuggling oxycodone from New York City and distributing the drug to people in Franklin and Cumberland counties. Shapiro said his group was “a major Pennsylvania trafficker” of the opioid.
The drugs allegedly provided by Darby led Chambersburg woman Kayla Bertone to suffer a fatal overdose in August.
“This defendant and his drug trafficking ring are responsible for the death of a young woman and the spread of an opioid epidemic we are fighting every day to stop,” Shapiro said. “The victim who overdosed had more than twice the intravenous therapeutic level of fentanyl in her blood. What’s more, this New York-to-Chambersburg pipeline flushed 6,000 pills and cocaine into the Franklin County area. Today, we have removed this cancer from south central Pennsylvania.”
The news release from Shapiro did not provide details on how the fentanyl found in Bertone’s system was connected to the oxycodone pills.
Agents from the attorney general’s office, Pennsylvania State Police and local police departments arrested 12 people on Friday.
In addition to drug delivery resulting in death, Darby, 41, was charged with violations of the Controlled Substance, Drug, Device and Cosmetic Act; dealing in proceeds of unlawful activity; corrupt organizations; criminal conspiracy; criminal use of a communications facility; and persons not to possess a firearm.
Delisha Keyon Redden, 39, is suspected of providing Darby with the drug that killed Bertone and has therefore also been charged with drug delivery resulting in death, as well as related charges, according to Shapiro.
The following individuals were all charged with violations of the Controlled Substance, Drug, Device and Cosmetic Act; dealing in proceeds of unlawful activity; and corrupt organizations:
- Sarah Catherine Turesky, 34 (also charged with criminal use of a communication facility)
- Cedric Stephens, 48
- Natasha Gomez, 38
- Jonathan Butler, 41
- Karen Marie Sloane, 49
These individuals were charged with violations of the controlled substance act, corrupt organizations, criminal conspiracy and criminal use of a communication facility:
- Alycia Logsdonm 30
- Stacey Spoonhour, 39
- David Hemphill, 57
- Malik Bonds, 39
Michael Campoli, 54, was charged with corrupt organizations; criminal conspiracy; and criminal use of a communication facility.
Except for Darby, Shapiro’s news release did not say where the defendants live.
The Franklin County District Attorney’s Office, Franklin County Drug Task Force, Pennsylvania State Police, Franklin County Sheriff’s Department and the Chambersburg, Washington Township, Waynesboro and Shippensburg police departments assisted in the investigations.
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