Wayne County issues 52 warrants,
charges 18 as drug dealers
HONESDALE, PA — In a sweeping
dragnet, Wayne County officials, with the help of
state police, issued 52 warrants and arrested 16 adults
and two juveniles on Saturday, November 16 as part
of a ongoing drug sting.
Of the 52 warrants, six were juveniles
and eight were females.
The roundup, code named “Fort
Apache,” started at 9:00 a.m. on the morning
of Saturday, November 16 and consisted of 17 three-officer
teams from the Pennsylvania State Police and the Wayne
County Task Force.
Wayne County District Attorney Mark
Zimmer said he expected more arrests soon.
The roundup was the result of 14 months
of undercover investigation.
All 52 alleged drug dealers participated
in direct deliveries of drugs to undercover Pennsylvania
State Police troopers. The drugs included crack cocaine,
heroin, Ecstasy, cocaine, OxyContin, Percocet and
Most of the accused were based in The
Hideout, a gated community near Hamlin, PA.
PA State Police Captain John Duignan,
who conducted the arrests, said the operation could
not have been done without the task force that was
created in April, 2002 by the district attorney’s
“This is the first major drug bust
involving the Wayne County Drug Task Force, but I
promise you it will not be the last,” Zimmer said.
Those arrested were arraigned by District
Justice Ronald Edwards and transported to various
jails throughout northeastern Pennsylvania.
Bails ranged from $10,000 to $100,000.
Among those arrested were: Andrew Bennett,
Lake Ariel; Larry Faison, Waterbury, CT; Linda Faison,
White Mills, PA; Rafael Gutierrez, The Hide Out, Lake
Ariel, PA; Darlene Ann Hill, Hawley, PA; Charlene
Jeffrey, Hawley, PA; Lina Johnson, Hawley, PA; Brian
Kavanaugh, The Hide Out, Lake Ariel, PA; Vladimir
Kostyushko, The Hide Out, Lake Ariel, PA; Richard
Pastula, Lakeville, PA; David Rosenthal, The Hide
Out, Lake Ariel, PA; Heidi Sears, The Hide Out, Lake
Ariel, PA; William Sears, The Hide Out, Lake Ariel,
PA; Charles Strait, Reading, PA; Anthony Walter, The
Hide Out, Lake Ariel, PA; and Peter Zaccaro, Hawley,