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Erie Drug Bust

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Attorney General Linda Kelly announced today that agents with the Attorney General’s office and local police are in the process of arresting 37 suspects accused of distributing large quantities of powerful prescription drugs in and around Erie.
Kelly said the operation, known as “Operation Pill Rush,” focused on the trafficking and sale of potentially addictive pain medication such as Oxycontin and Hydrocodone as well as other drugs like heroin and marijuana.
“Prescription drug abuse is the nation’s fastest growing drug problem and has been classified as an epidemic by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,” Kelly said. As part of the operation, dealers sold drugs to undercover agents. Kelly said the suspects were connected with three separate drug rings, led by 22-year-old Rickey “Dawg” Johnson, 42-year-old Majed “Moe” Hamza Al-Ramadan, and 50-year-old Denise L. “Dee” McConnell, all of Erie. Criminal charges were filed today before Erie Magisterial District Judge Suzanne Mack, who will schedule preliminary hearings at a later date.

Below is a list of all other suspects charged.

Julio Antonio Acosta, Erie, PA
Nabil Al-Jilehawi, Erie, PA
Jessica Lynn Bawol, Fairview, PA
Gloria Jean Black, Erie, PA
Jeffrey D. Carlson, Erie, PA
Deontae Charmaine Cole, Erie, PA
Jeremy Cook, Erie, PA
Kelley A. Cook, Erie, PA
Lindsey Louise Creaton, Edinboro, PA
Robert Theodore Dambacher, Erie, PA
Dana Nicolette Dickerson, Erie, PA
Angela M. DiMarco, Erie, PA
Kellie Rae Eggleston, Erie, PA
Shawn Ryan Flower, Erie, PA
Arthur Russell Gross, Jr., Erie, PA
Monica Alice Hart, Union City, PA
Jody Allen Jefferson, Erie, PA
Michael D. Knippenberg, Erie, PA
Melissa Anne Marie Kump, Erie, PA
Joanna Victoria Landis, Edinboro, PA
Shon Danyal Louks, Erie, PA
John H. Maas, Erie, PA
Elizabeth R. Marsh, Edinboro, PA
Fred Lewis Ostwalt, Edinboro, PA
Albert Charles Parris III, Erie, PA
Shawn Lee Potts, Erie, PA
Brandon Steven Powell, Erie, PA
Christopher D. Price, Erie, PA
Amanda M. Santiago, Erie, PA
Vivian Ann Schwindt, Erie, PA
Courtney Melisa Tomko, Lake City, PA
Pete Harold Veit, Erie, PA
James C. Wentz, Edinboro, PA
Catherine Ann Zimmer, Edinboro, PA

(A person charged with a crime is presumed innocent until proven guilty.)


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