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Wayne Independent - Honesdale, PA
  • Two arrested for heroin

  • HONESDALE-Janine Edwards, Wayne County District Attorney, announced in a press release Thursday that the Wayne County District Attorney's Drug Task Force arrested Danielle Zipperlen, 23, at 405 13th Street, Honesdale Borough, on Wednesday.
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  • HONESDALE-Janine Edwards, Wayne County District Attorney, announced in a press release Thursday that the Wayne County District Attorney's Drug Task Force arrested Danielle Zipperlen, 23, at 405 13th Street, Honesdale Borough, on Wednesday.
    Zipperlen was arrested on charges of Possession With Intent To Deliver a Controlled Substance (Felony/two counts) and Possession of Paraphernalia.
    The release states that through undercover operations for the past month, "the Drug Task Force utilized a confidential informant to purchase heroin from Zipperlen on two occasions." Based upon those drug transactions a search warrant for Zipperlen's residence was requested and signed.
    The Drug Task Force, which consists of Wayne County District Attorney Detectives and local police officers, executed the search warrant on Dec. 18.
    With the assistance of Pennsylvania State Police (PSP) troopers, the Drug Task Force recovered "five bricks of heroin, numerous prescription pills and $10,500 in cash" from Zipperlen's residence.
    The heroin recovered has a street value of approximately $4,000. Drug Task Force agents took Zipperlen into custody without incident.
    The release also mentions Timothy Gibbons, 26, also of Honesdale, who was also taken into custody. He was charged with Delivery of a Controlled Substance (Felony/two counts) and Possession of Paraphernalia.
    According to an affidavit of probable cause for Gibbons, in November Wayne County Chief Detective Hower met with a co-operating individual (CI) who identified Gibbons as an individual who delivered drugs for Zipperlen.
    The CI stated Zipperlen sold heroin from her residence. The CI then agreed to "make controlled purchases of heroin" from Zipperlen through Gibbons, while under the direction of Hower.
    On Dec. 16, text messages were exchanged between the CI and Gibbons, after which the CI "went to the area of Zipperlen's residence," where Gibbons told the CI to "meet in a designated spot."
    Gibbons received the pre-recorded buy money from the CI and returned a few minutes later with the heroin. The affidavit also states several sworn police officers "took surveillance positions in an area that Zipperlen's residence would be observed." An officer observed the transaction and later the CI provided the officers with the heroin, which was "tied together with rubber bands."
    On Dec. 17 the CI met Gibbons again, where the CI purchased more heroin with pre-recorded buy money.
    The affidavit says during that particular sale, Gibbons told the CI there were "ten bricks of heroin and that once it was gone, she wasn't going to get anymore." Gibbons said Zipperlen was "only going to sell" Percocet pills.
    Police officers took surveillance positions again and observed the transaction. The CI again gave the heroin to the officers.
    According to an affidavit of probable cause for Zipperlen, the Wayne County Drug Task Force, Honesdale Borough Police and the PSP served a search warrant on Dec. 18, where "two occupants were found in the residence," one of which was Zipperlen.
    Page 2 of 2 - During the course of the search, the following items were found:
    • One small cigar box containing a ziplock bag with marijuana.
    • One black plastic bag containing 260 bags of heroin, two smoking tubes with residue and $10,500 in U.S. currency.
    • 20 Oxycodone 30mg pills.
    • Three Suboxone 8 mg pills.
    • One glass smoking pipe with residue.
    • One ziplock bag containing numerous small ziplock bags.
    All of the items were seized.
    Zipperlen was taken into custody, advised of her Miranda Warnings and "agreed to speak to PSP Corporal Emiliani."
    The affidavit states during her statement, Zipperlen "admitted that she delivers to heroin to Timothy Gibbons, who in turn delivers the heroin to the individual purchasing the heroin." She also admitted that the seized money and heroin in her residence belonged to her.
    The two were arraigned by Judge Ron Edwards and both remanded to the Wayne County Correctional Facility on $250,000 cash bail.
    District Attorney Edwards stated the arrests are a prime example of the ongoing efforts to rid Heroin in our community:
    "I intend to continue to work towards ending the Heroin trade in Wayne County. The District Attorney's Office has now revitalized the Drug Task Force utilizing the DA's County Detectives, Borough and Township Police Officers from Honesdale, Hawley, Waymart and Lehigh and the Sheriff's Department.
    "The task force is efficient, informed and steadfast in our efforts to educate, prevent and investigate drug abuse and incarcerate offenders."a

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