9 face drug charges in Blair, Bucks and Cambria counties

cpassante@centredaily.comFebruary 10, 2014 

Nine more suspected drug dealers, most believed to have been peddling heroin, are facing charges after a bust Monday in Blair, Cambria and Bucks counties.

The suspected dealers were being served arrest warrants; seven were in Altoona, Johnstown and Oakford, Bucks County, and two are incarcerated, according to the state Bureau of Narcotics Investigation and Blair County Drug Task Force.

On Thursday, eight suspected heroin dealers thought to be involved in a Centre County drug ring were arrested and charged with various counts. Two additional suspects in the operation were still at large.

Monday’s bust wasn’t related to the State College ring, said BNI Regional Director Tony Sassano.

“The suspected dealers were part of a low-level operation,” Sassano said. “They were low-level street dealers within Blair County, primarily.”

Jared Dietzel, 28, of Altoona, faces charges of delivery of heroin, possession of heroin, criminal use of a communications facility and criminal conspiracy to deliver heroin.

Wade Conrad, 30, of Johnstown, faces charges of delivery of heroin, possession of heroin, criminal use of a communications facility and criminal conspiracy to deliver heroin.

Juan Cook, incarcerated in Blair County Prison, faces charges of three counts of delivery of heroin, three counts of possession of heroin, three counts of criminal use of a communications facility and one count of criminal conspiracy to deliver heroin.

Elizabeth Moore, 29, of Altoona, faces charges of four counts of delivery of bath salts, four counts of possession of bath salts and three counts of criminal use of a communications facility.

Matthew Pelton, 30, of Altoona, faces charges of two counts of delivery of heroin, possession of heroin and criminal use of a communications facility.

Joshua Barr, 30, of Altoona, faces charges of delivery of heroin, possession of heroin, criminal use of a communications facility.

Nicole Skelly, 21, of Oakford, faces charges of delivery of heroin, possession of heroin, criminal use of a communications facility.

Trenton Biddle, 22, of Altoona, faces charges of delivery of heroin, possession of heroin and criminal conspiracy to deliver heroin.

Lawrence Walk, 41, incarcerated in Blair County Prison, faces charges of delivery of bath salts, possession of bath salts and criminal conspiracy to deliver bath salts.

All of the suspects will be arraigned before District Judge Paula Aigner.

Along with BNI, Altoona police and the Blair County’s District Attorney’s Office participated in the bust.

The two alleged dealers being sought by authorities in the Centre County drug ring — Bryon Jacobs and Aaron Harris, both of Philadelphia — have not been arrested yet, Sassano said Monday.

Jacobs and Harris are believed to be dangerous midlevel dealers, he said. Those arrested Thursday were believed to be low-level dealers.

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