5 arrested in drug trafficking ring in Schuylkill County; medication and greater than $8K seized

HARRISBURG, Pa. – —Lawyer Normal Josh Shapiro stated Tuesday 5 folks have been arrested for his or her roles within the distribution and trafficking of fentanyl and methamphetamine in Schuylkill County and the encompassing area.

Stated Rivera, Christopher Corridor, Amanda Tice, Donalea Turolis, and Joseph Weikel are charged with corrupt organizations, possession with intent to ship methamphetamine and fentanyl, felony conspiracy to commit these offenses, possession of managed substances, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Rivera is a felon to not possess a firearm and also will be charged with that offense, in response to a information launch from the AG’s workplace.

Shapiro stated Rivera was the ring chief, whereas Corridor, Tice, Turolis, and Weikel have been sellers.

Investigators decided that the 5 folks orchestrated the sale and distribution of greater than 1,000 fentanyl drugs and one pound of methamphetamine per week within the area over the previous yr, the AG’s workplace stated.

Search warrants have been executed at varied places related to the defendants in Schuylkill County. The AG’s workplace stated searches resulted within the seizure of roughly 368 doses of methamphetamine, roughly 2300 doses of fentanyl, two baggage of fentanyl drugs (approx. 55 grams), roughly 746 individually packaged baggage every containing fentanyl, 4 rifles, one pistol, $8,052 in money, a number of digital scales, and packaging supplies.

Extra fentanyl, paraphernalia and ammunition have been present in a search of a automobile used within the drug operation, in response to the information launch.

Resulting from its low value and excessive efficiency, fentanyl has more and more changed heroin because the dominant opioid in Pennsylvania, the AG’s workplace stated. In 2021, the Workplace of Lawyer Normal’s Bureau of Narcotics Investigation seized extra fentanyl than within the earlier 4 years mixed, whereas seizures of heroin declined.

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