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Guns found in Somerset County meth operation sweep

| Tuesday, June 6, 2017, 7:03 p.m.

During the arrest of five people charged with buying and selling crystal methamphetamine in Somerset County Monday, law enforcement officers discovered and seized 10 illegal firearms in possession of one of the suspects.

Attorney General Josh Shapiro announced the arrests of Jeffery Mostoller, Kelly Shaulis, Bryson Yommer, Bryan Mitchell and Kevin Zimmerman, who all face charges as alleged dealers of crystal methamphetamine in a drug trafficking organization operating in Somerset County.

A statewide investigating grand jury identified that for 18 months, Mostoller was allegedly receiving 12 grams of crystal methamphetamine twice a month from Shaulis.

Somerset County District Attorney Lisa Lazzari-Strasiser thanked law enforcement and Shapiro's office for the cooperation that lead to the arrests.

“This is another example of collaboration among agencies to protect the people of Somerset County,” she said.

During Monday's arrests, agents found Shaulis at his residence on Pike Run Road in Somerset and also observed several guns in the home.

As a convicted felon, Shaulis is not permitted to possess firearms. Agents searched the home and seized 10 firearms, including rifles and shotguns, ammunition, $12,442 in cash and drug paraphernalia.

Shaulis was charged with additional drug offenses and illegal possession of firearms. Following preliminary arraignment, his bail was set at $500,000 cash for the drug charges and $100,000 for the gun possession counts.

The other defendants were all arraigned on drug offenses pending their subsequent court proceedings.

“Crystal meth is a real problem across the commonwealth, particularly in rural communities,” Shapiro said.

“We're pursuing crystal meth cases and shutting down these operations wherever we can find them. These drug trafficking organizations, large or small, will be identified and brought before the justice system to make safer communities throughout our commonwealth.”

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