Investigation of Heroin, Cocaine Distribution Leads to Charges Against 15 in Western Pa.

HARRISBURG, Pa. – Yesterday Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane’s office announced 15 individuals have been criminally charged for allegedly dealing heroin and cocaine, among other substances, in Westmoreland and Allegheny counties.

The charges are the result of an investigation conducted by the Office of Attorney General’s Bureau of Narcotics Investigation, the Arnold Police Department, the New Kensington Police Department, the Tarentum Borough Police Department and members of the Westmoreland County Drug Task Force.

Investigators who worked on the investigation also are part of a multi-county Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force assembled to target those dealing heroin in western Pennsylvania.

The investigation has been ongoing for approximately one year. Undercover investigators worked with confidential informants to identify those dealing drugs in the New Kensington, Arnold and Tarentum areas.

In many instances, controlled purchases were arranged in which informants purchased heroin and cocaine from the defendants who were subsequently charged. The defendants charged are being sought today on active arrest warrants as investigators take part in a collaborative sweep in Westmoreland and Allegheny counties.

In addition to the law enforcement agencies listed above, others assisting in today’s sweep are the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Harrison Township Police Department, troopers from Pennsylvania State Police Troop A and the Pennsylvania State Police Organized Crime Unit.

Attorney General Kane thanked all investigators and assisting agencies for their work on this investigation.

The suspects charged in connection with this investigation will prosecuted by the Westmoreland County District Attorney’s office and the Allegheny County District Attorney’s office.

Individuals who have witnessed a drug deal in their neighborhood or suspect illegal drug activity where they live or work can send an anonymous tip to the Office of Attorney General by texting PADRUGS + YOUR TIP to 847411.

Below is a list of the defendants, their last known addresses and the charges they face:

Michael J. Guzzi, 420 Pennsylvania Ave., Oakmont, is charged with two counts of criminal conspiracy, one count of manufacturing, delivery or possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance and three counts of possession of a small amount of marijuana (cocaine/marijuana).

Martez D. Whitlow, 24, 1516 5th Ave., Rear, Arnold, is charged with one count of manufacturing, delivery or possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance (heroin).

Christopher C. Andring, 43, 2722 Lori Drive, Lower Burrell, is charged with one count of manufacturing, delivery or possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance (cocaine).

Jevon D. Sims, 26, 1528 Leishman Ave., Arnold, is charged with one count of manufacturing, delivery or possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, driving with a suspended license and driving without a license (heroin).

Jeremy L. Jackson, 36, 1359 4th Ave., Arnold, is charged with one count of manufacturing, delivery or possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance (crack cocaine).

Shawnti E. Shifflett, 20, 1125 Ross St., Pittsburgh, is charged with one count of manufacturing, delivery or possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance (heroin).

Bari Coleman, 24, 409 16th St., Arnold, is charged with one count of manufacturing, delivery or possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance (heroin).

Sean Paul Hecker, 23, 375 Riverview Drive, New Kensington, is charged with two counts of manufacturing, delivery or possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance (heroin).

Debar Green Jr., 21, no fixed address, is charged with one count of manufacturing, delivery or possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance (heroin).

Thomas H. King Jr., 48, 1625 Woodmont Drive, Arnold, is charged with one count of manufacturing, delivery or possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance (crack cocaine).

Alaura Dawson, 25, 504 Ridge Ave., New Kensington, is charged with four counts of manufacturing, delivery or possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance and two counts of possession of a controlled substance (heroin).

Auriana Green, 21, 1209 Victoria Ave., New Kensington, is charged with five counts of manufacturing, delivery or possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, two counts of possession of a controlled substance and one count of criminal conspiracy (heroin).

Daniel Johnson, 26, 615 1st. St., Verona, is charged with one count each of criminal conspiracy, delivery of a controlled substance, possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance and possession of a controlled substance (heroin).

Amber Marchlewski, 29, no fixed address, is charged with two counts each of delivery of a controlled substance, possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance and possession of a controlled substance, as well as one count of criminal conspiracy.

Terrance Cichello, 42, 708 E. 8th Ave., Tarentum, is charged with one count each of delivery of a controlled substance, possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance and possession of a controlled substance (heroin).

Martez D. Whitlow

Martez D. Whitlow

Shawnti E. Shifflett

Shawnti E. Shifflett

Debar Green Jr.

Debar Green Jr.

Auriana Green

Auriana Green

Daniel Johnson

Daniel Johnson

Amber Marchlewski

Amber Marchlewski

Terrance Cichello

Terrance Cichello

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


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