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November 28, 2014
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Ten charged with dealing heroin and cocaine in Pike County

Matthew Maloney


According to a criminal complaint charging Robert Koetzle, age 18, on December 5, 2013, Detectives and a confidential informant went to purchase 50 packets of suspected heroin from Patrick Sullivan and Koetzle for $600. The confidential informant told detectives he had just received a call from Jory, telling the informant that Koetzle planned to rip him off by taking the money and running out a back window into a car that would be waiting. While explaining what was happening, the confidential informant received a call from another person, wondering where they were because Koetzle had called him. The confidential informant relayed the information he had got from Joray and the other person offered to accompany the informant. Koetzle then called the informant where he again expressed his concerns.
Koetzle assured the informant he had his 50 packets, and was telling other people he was out. The confidential informant met with Koetzle and another person where Koetzle sold 30 bags of heroin for $300.

A criminal complaint charging George Earle, IV, age 24. Earle is accused of meeting with a confidential informant between December 2013 and January 2014 to deliver heroin and crack. On December 20, 2013, Earle, IV, met with a confidential informant and delivered 50 bags of heroin and 1.4 grams of crack cocaine for $ 800. The second delivery occurred on December 30, 2013, where Earle, IV, met with a confidential informant and sold 50 bags of heroin and .9 grams of crack for $600. On the third delivery, Earle, IV, delivered 11 bags of heroin to a confidential informant for $140 on January 6, 2014. On the last occasion, on January 9, 2014, Earle, and Koetzle met with a confidential informant and delivered 20 packets of heroin for $240.

According to a criminal complaint charging Emmett Pierson, age 62, law enforcement officers arrived at Pierson’s residence to serve arrest warrants on Robert Koetzle and George Earle, IV, Pierson claimed he didn’t know who Koetzle and Earle, IV were and that he was only watching the house. Pierson was holding a dog that was believed to be dangerous, and was asked to put the dog away. While following Pierson into the residence, officers heard the toilet flushing and George Earle, IV was observed flushing items believed to be controlled substances. Koetzle was then located in a rear bathroom flushing items believed to be controlled substances down the toilet. It was later discovered the Koetzle rents a room from Pierson. Delivery of a controlled substance is a felony punishable by up to 15 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.