A 27-year-old prison employee arriving to work his shift on Nov. 10 was arrested and charged with three felony drug charges: possession with intent to deliver, possession of contraband and possession of drugs and paraphernalia. Prison officials declined to divulge the man's position at the prison. No bail has yet been set.
A fire in Earl Township that began around 3 a.m. on Nov. 3 destroyed a mobile home that was targeted in a drug raid in October following a six-month investigation. As firefighters were arriving on the scene, the motor home caved in as a result of the fire, according to the Fire Chief of Earl Township. He further stated that additional fire companies from New Berlinville, Oley, Amity and Boyertown responded to the blaze and assisted in fighting it for several hours. The state police fire marshal is still investigating the fire.
In 2012, a man who owns pharmacies in Palmer Township and Hellertown became the subject of a federally led operation that sought to target online drug sales. On Oct. 16, the man entered a guilty plea to the charge of providing prescription drugs to patients who lacked valid prescriptions. One of the pharmacist's businesses was raided by a federal task force in November 2012, and the man and nine of his associates were subsequently indicted on seven separate charges.
Two men have waived their charges to court after having been suspected of smuggling heroin into Western Pennsylvania. Both men are part of a group of 13 people who were indicted by a grand jury for their supposed involvement in an operation that transported the drug from Southern California and Mexico. One of the men faces several drug charges, including possession with the intent to deliver heroin and Methylone. The other, who had been on federal supervision for a drug trafficking conviction, faces similar charges.
A drug investigation that began in November, 2012 has culminated in the arrest of 17 people in Pennsylvania. The men and women were each given a bond of either $1 million or $500,000. The alleged leader of the operation faces multiple drug charges, including criminal use of a communication facility, criminal conspiracy to deliver marijuana and cocaine, two counts of corrupt organizations, two counts of delivery of marijuana and cocaine and two counts of possession with the intent to deliver marijuana and cocaine.
On a daily basis, individuals are arrested on drug crime related charges. Recently, a mother of three younger children was arrested on drug charges after she was allegedly found in a meth lab trailer with her children. According to officers, the woman was a 24-year-old from Mount Carmel.
Three men, ages 55, 32 and 40, face criminal charges related to a number of drug crimes for their alleged involvement in a drug ring that involved trafficking marijuana in Montgomery County and surrounding regions. The accused men are in custody in Montgomery County prison unless two of them can pay $4 million and the third can pay $2 million in bail. Court documents indicated that the first man allegedly had acted as the marijuana supplier for the second man, who then sold hundreds of pounds of the drug throughout several Pennsylvania counties starting in Nov. 2012. Indications were that some people who were involved in the drug ring remained unidentified.