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Wayne Independent - Honesdale, PA
  • Seven jailed for drug delivery

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    HONESDALE - Wayne County District Attorney Janine Edwards announced Friday the arrest of seven individuals who were involved in the sale of heroin.
    Operation Spring Clean Up, facilitated by the Wayne County Drug Task Force (WCDTF) under Edwards' leadership, was a two month investigation into the “trafficking of heroin and cocaine in Wayne County.”
    The task force identified seven targets to take down in Wayne County who were selling heroin regularly and in large amounts to various individuals.
    Edwards said, "These identified drug dealers posed a threat to our community and swift and succinct action was required by the task force to take them off the street."
    The following individuals from around the county were arrested:
    Angela Lewandowski of Lake Ariel: Two counts of felony Delivery of a Controlled Substance; two counts of felony 3rd degree Criminal Use of Communication Device; and two counts of misdemeanor Possession of Controlled Substance.
    Lewandowski delivered heroin on two occasions to a confidential informant and said heroin is believed to have been mixed with Fentanyl.
    Kristofer Corey of Lake Ariel: One count of felony Delivery of Controlled Substance; one count of felony Criminal Use of Communication Device; two counts of misdemeanor Possession of Controlled Substance; and one count of misdemeanor Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
    Corey delivered heroin believed to have been mixed with Fentanyl to a confidential informant.
    Candace Frisbie of Hawley: Two counts of felony Delivery of Controlled Substance; two counts of felony Criminal Use of Communication Device; and two counts of misdemeanor Possession of Controlled Substance.
    Frisbie sold cocaine on two occasions to a confidential informant.
    Gavin VanWyckhouse of Hawley: Two counts of felony Delivery of Controlled Substance; and two counts of misdemeanor Possession of Controlled Substance.
    VanWyckhouse illegally sold a total of 66 bags of heroin on two occasions in controlled purchases.
    Roseann Caridad of Waymart: Two counts of felony Delivery of Controlled Substance; two counts of felony Criminal Use of Communication Device; and two counts of misdemeanor Possession of Controlled Substance.
    Caridad sold heroin two times to a confidential informant.
    Page 2 of 3 - • Curtis Jaggars of Honesdale: Two counts of felony Delivery of Controlled Substance; two counts of felony Criminal Use of Communication Device; and two counts of misdemeanor Possession of Controlled Substance.
    Jaggars sold heroin to a confidential informant on two occasions.
    Joseph Paul of Honesdale: One count of felony Delivery of Controlled Substance; one count of misdemeanor Possession of Controlled Substance; and one delivery of heroin.
    Paul sold heroin to a confidential informant on one occasion.
    Facing felonies
    Edwards said each of the individuals faces felony drug delivery charges. One count of felony drug delivery of heroin carries with it a maximum sentence of up to 15 years in prison and one count of drug delivery of cocaine can result in up to 10 years in prison.
    These individuals sold drugs in the Waymart, Hawley and Honesdale areas.
    To the Wayne County Drug Task Force it is extremely important [to get drugs off the street],” Edwards said. “It has our complete dedication and persistence and we will utilize every resource we have to continue to arrest those who sell heroin cocaine or illegal drugs in our community.”
    She added having seven drug dealers taken off the street during the operation is vital to the task force's continued effort to get drugs out of Wayne County.
    We find it very critical to arrest, continue to prosecute anyone who sells drugs in Wayne County,” Edwards stated. “Intelligence, preparation and persistence went into the investigations into each of the seven targets.
    We are not of the opinion that sitting back and watching that action happen and hoping for the best is the wise course.
    The Wayne County District Attorney's Drug Task Force will not sit idly by and let sales of dangerous drugs occur in Wayne County.
    We are 100 percent proactive. This is the first operation of the Wayne County Drug Task Force undergone exclusively with Wayne County Drug Task Force officers, headed by my Chief Detective of the Wayne County District Attorney's Office, Peter Hower.”
    Edwards added they utilized officers of the task force that include Honesdale Borough police officers, Hawley Borough police officers and the Sheriff's Department. She said other officers of other departments also work with them.
    Page 3 of 3 - “We know from statistics and research that Pennsylvania currently ranks third in the nation for heroin use, so certainly it's a big problem,” she stated. “In Wayne County we find it to be a problem, obviously with those people who become opiate addicted, turning to a cheaper substance such as heroin.
    I am grateful to the law enforcement officers of Honesdale and Hawley Boroughs and the Wayne County Sheriff's Department for your assistance in this operation today and your continued involvement on the Drug Task Force team."
    Caridad, Frisbie, Jaggers and Paul were all arrested by the task force utilizing two separate teams of law enforcement officers in an operations plan early this morning and all four were arraigned before Magisterial Judge Ted Mikulak Friday.
    Their bail was set for each at $50,000.
    Central Court Appearances for Caridad, Frisbie, Jaggers and Paul are scheduled for Wednesday, May 7 at 9:30 a.m. at the Wayne County Courthouse.
    Lewandowski and Corey were arrested by the task force in April and all have had their criminal charges bound over to the Wayne County Court of Common Pleas.
    VanWyckhouse was arrested and charged in March 2014 and awaits his preliminary hearing.
     
     
     
     
     
     
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