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17 charged in Centre County after drug trade investigation

The Centre County Drug Task Force filed charges against 17 people accused of selling drugs, which allegedly included prescription narcotics, cocaine, LSD, synthetic marijuana and marijuana.
The Centre County Drug Task Force filed charges against 17 people accused of selling drugs, which allegedly included prescription narcotics, cocaine, LSD, synthetic marijuana and marijuana. sannarelli@centredaily.com

A yearlong investigation culminated Thursday when 17 people were accused of dealing drugs on the streets of Centre County, according to a release.

The Centre County Drug Task Force filed charges for the accused, who allegedly sold drugs such as prescription narcotics, cocaine, LSD, synthetic marijuana and marijuana, according to a release. Some were also charged with firearms violations and theft. The investigation was carried out by the CCDTF, a collaborative effort between the Office of Attorney General’s Bureau of Narcotics, the Centre County District Attorney Stacy Parks Miller’s office and local authorities.

Agents began making arrests at 9 a.m.

“We’ve seen the drug problem in this county increase, and we’re seeing deaths from harder drugs,” Parks Miller said. “We want to take a proactive approach, which includes treating addicts of course, but also rooting out the drug dealers.”

Parks Miller said investigators use basic techniques like undercover surveillance to try to shut down the drug trade in Centre County.

She said authorities will aggressively continue to target local drug dealers.

“We’re not done,” Parks Miller said. “This is certainly not the only thing happening right now, and we intend to do more aggressive tactics to stop the influx and sale of drugs in this community. It’s a poison. It’s literally killing people.”

The district attorney added that treating addicts has to be a part of the solution. She said there would be a heroin opioid session run by the county from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday in Mount Nittany Medical Center’s Dreibelbis Auditorium.

Mount Nittany Health spokeswoman Anissa Ilie said attendees should RSVP by calling 234-6727.

Of the 17 accused, five are from State College and four are from Bellefonte.

▪ Tyler Garafola, 23, of State College, was “charged with five counts of possession with intent to deliver or delivery of a controlled substance, four counts of possession of a controlled substance, three counts of possession of drug paraphernalia and two counts each of criminal conspiracy and criminal use of a communication facility,” according to a release.

▪ Holden Andrus, 26, of Port Royal, was “charged with two counts of possession with intent to deliver or delivery of a controlled substance and one count each of possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and criminal use of a communication facility,” according to a release.

▪ Manuel Aguilar-Garibay, 22, of State College, was “charged with six counts of possession with intent to deliver or delivery of a controlled substance and three counts each of possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and criminal use of a communication facility according to release,” according to a release.

▪ Michael Houser, 19, of Boalsburg, was “charged with three counts of criminal use of a communication facility, two counts each of possession with intent to deliver or delivery of a controlled substance and possession of a controlled substance and one count of unlawful acts,” according to a release.

▪ Allison Nevel, 23, of Julian, was “charged with two counts of possession with intent to deliver or delivery of a controlled substance and one count each of possession of a controlled substance and criminal use of a communication facility,” according to a release.

▪ Nathen Davis, 26, of State College, was “charged with four counts of possession with intent to deliver or delivery of a controlled substance and two counts each of possession of a controlled substance and criminal use of a communication facility,” according to a release.

▪ Daniel Bianchi, 31, of State College, was “charged with six counts of possession with intent to deliver or delivery of a controlled substance and three counts each of possession of a controlled substance and criminal use of a communication facility,” according to a release.

▪ Matthew Stover, 42, of Millheim, was “charged with six counts of possession with intent to deliver or delivery of a controlled substance and three counts each of possession of a controlled substance and criminal use of a communication facility,” according to a release.

▪ Cameron Goins, 20, of State College, was “charged with six counts of possession with intent to deliver or delivery of a controlled substance and three counts each of possession of a controlled substance and criminal use of a communication facility,” according to a release.

▪ Nathan Beury, 31, of Bellefonte, was “charged with two counts of possession with intent to deliver or delivery of a controlled substance and one count of criminal use of a communication facility,” according to a release.

▪ Mick Lee Hockenberry, 20, of Bellefonte, was “charged with one count each of illegal sale or transfer of a firearm, receiving stolen property and possession of a controlled substance,” according to a release.

▪ Logan Splain, 20, of Julian, was “charged with two counts of possession with intent to deliver or delivery of a controlled substance and one count each of theft by unlawful taking, possession of a controlled substance and criminal use of a communication facility,” according to a release.

▪ Tyler Rupert, 25, of Bellefonte, was “charged with two counts of possession with intent to deliver or delivery of a controlled substance and one count each of criminal conspiracy, possession of a controlled substance and criminal use of a communication facility,” according to a release.

▪ Randi Brewer, 20, of Bellefonte, was “charged with two counts of possession with intent to deliver or delivery of a controlled substance and one count each of criminal conspiracy and possession of a controlled substance,” according to a release.

▪ A juvenile was “charged with six counts of possession with intent to deliver or delivery of a controlled substance, three counts each of possession of a controlled substance and criminal use of a communication facility and one count of criminal conspiracy,” according to a release.

▪ Pamela Kuhns, 45, of East Freedom, was “charged with two counts of possession with intent to deliver or delivery of a controlled substance and one count each of possession of a controlled substance and criminal conspiracy,” according to a release.

▪ Kevin Ortiz, 29, was “charged with two counts each of criminal conspiracy and criminal use of a communication facility and one count of possession of a controlled substance,” according to a release.

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