Drug sweep nets 14 suspects
The state police Troop A vice narcotics unit is seeking four street-level dealers after a warrant roundup on Tuesday that ended with the arrests of 14 alleged drug dealers in Cambria, Indiana and Westmoreland counties.
Cpl. Richard Zona reported that troopers from the Greensburg, Kiski Valley, Ebensburg and Indiana stations served arrest warrants on 14 suspects in connection with undercover drug investigations during the past year. Troopers allege the suspects sold marijuana, hallucinogens, heroin and other controlled substances to undercover officers.
Still at large are:
• Jeremy J. Beckel, 33, of Ebensburg on charges of possession of a controlled substance and possession with intent to deliver.
• Robert A. Beskid, 30, of Apollo for possession with intent to deliver, delivery of a controlled substance and possession of a controlled substance.
• Kimberly D. Carson, 23, of Vandergrift on two counts of possession with intent to deliver, delivery of a controlled substance and possession of a controlled substance.
• Chad E. Ghrist, 36, of Latrobe for possession with intent to deliver and criminal conspiracy.
Those charged with alleged sales in Cambria County include Michelle Lynn Lightcap, 41, of Johnstown, charged with possession with intent to deliver and possession of a controlled substance, and Matthew James Morrison, 21, of Ashville, charged with possession with intent to deliver, delivery of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Sharon Carroll, 57, of Indiana is charged with two counts of possession with intent to deliver, delivery and possession of a controlled substance; and David M. Hicks Jr., 53, of Seward is charged with one count of possession with intent to deliver and possession of a controlled substance in connection with alleged sales in Indiana County.
Charged for alleged drug sales in Westmoreland are:
• Joshua M. Ziccarelli, 25, of Tarentum, who was arraigned on two counts of possession with intent to deliver, delivery of a controlled substance and possession of a controlled substance;
• Alexander Morante, 20, of Pittsburgh, and Travis Arndt, 20, of Verona, each charged with possession with intent to deliver, delivery of a controlled substance and possession of a controlled substance.
Arraigned in connection with the investigations in Westmoreland were:
• Shaqui L. Scott, 21, of Jeannette;
• Michael D. Duncan, 28, of Irwin;
• Steven L. Simms, 46, of Seward;
• Ronald N. Hines, 29, of Penn Borough;
• Donald P. Knizer, 59, of Youngwood;
• Lisa M. Farabaugh, 42, of Seward;
• Steven J. Simms, 46, of Seward.
All are charged with counts of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance and delivery of a controlled substance.
Eric J. Fennell, 32, of Hempfield was charged with operating a marijuana manufacturing operation as part of the investigation, Zona said. Fennell is awaiting trial for criminal homicide in connection with the Jan. 21 shooting of Fidel Omar Velez, 27.
Paul Peirce is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-850-2860 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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