International drug bust nets 16

SHAMOKIN — More than a dozen drug arrests in The Valley Thursday morning–including a person police say is a major trafficker from Central America.

 

According to staff at the office of Magisterial District Judge John Gembic, 16 people from Luzerne and Northumberland Counties, along with one person from the Dominican Republic, were arrested for drug trafficking.

 

They are charged in connection with an international drug trafficking organization that deals in heroin and cocaine.  The drug bust was part of an investigation by the Attorney General’s Bureau of Narcotics along with police from Coal Township, Ralpho Township and Shamokin.

 

So far, we have learned several names of the 16 folks involved; Jared Derk,  Lucas Krankowski, Amber Zwolinski, Juan Carlos Alvarez, Jordan Vetalance, Jordan Schiccatano, Harry Reed, Kinda Yost, Wade Smink, Foster Rann III, Kyle Fabian, Conrad Kahler, and Jacob Snyder have all been arrested.

 

Juan Carlos Alvarez, said to be from the Dominican Republic, is currently incarcerated in federal prison and held on $200,000 bail.  He is suspected of supplying local dealers with large quantities of drugs since 2008.

 

Jordan Vetalance and Harry Reed were given $20,000 unsecured bail.  The others were given between $5,000 to $75,000 bail and were placed in Northumberland County Prison, or sent back to the prison they were previously incarcerated.  More details should come later.  (Codi Jade)