Carlisle Police on Wednesday announced charges against 26 people in phase one of a drug enforcement operation in cooperation with the Cumberland County Drug Task Force.
The 22 arrests — four are still wanted by police — involve people selling illegal drugs on numerous occasions, according to the news release.
Carlisle Police Detective Daniel Freedman said the first arrest was made in December and it has been a “rolling operation” since as police attempt to work their way up the illicit drug supply chain.
Carlisle Police said in a news release that the goal of the drug enforcement operation is to “address the pervasive heroin and fentanyl epidemic that has tragically affected many of our citizens. These two drugs have contributed to countless overdoses and overdose deaths in Cumberland County.”
“I personally want to thank the Carlisle Borough Police Department and the Cumberland County Drug Task Force for their excellent police work in making these 26 arrests,” Cumberland County District Attorney Skip Ebert Jr. said in the release. “There is no question that these arrests have made a significant impact on heroin trafficking in the Carlisle area. I would hope that these arrests will lead to a reduction of overdoses in Cumberland County.”
Police said each person arrested had been previously identified as a heroin dealer in Carlisle. Some were also known to sell other substances in addition to heroin.
Freedman described the arrests as a mix of street-level and midlevel dealers.
Midlevel dealers according to Freedman are people who travel mostly to Philadelphia and bring back larger quantities of drugs to distribute to other people to sell, which he said was the main source of heroin in Cumberland County.
“The Carlisle Police Department has and will continue to make arrests when warranted,” Carlisle Chief of Police Taro Landis said. “It is our mission to make the Borough of Carlisle a safe place to live, work and visit. We believe the arrests of these subjects will help save lives from the effects of drugs in our community.”
Police said the enforcement effort will continue as the Carlisle Police Department and Cumberland County Drug Task Force move to the second phase of the operation. More arrests are expected as the operation proceeds.
As of the end of March, Carlisle Police were listed as the arresting agency in about 25 cases involving felony possession with intent to deliver, according to court records.
The police department was listed as the arresting agency in 14 cases during the same time last year, according to court records.
This equates to a more than 70 percent increase in cases through the first three months of the year.
Police identified those arrested and the drugs allegedly involved:
- Nicole Ann Martin, 35, of Carlisle — delivery of heroin
- Nicole A. Nickel, 25, of Carlisle — possession with intent to deliver heroin/fentanyl
- David Edward Marshall-Glenn, 33, of Shippensburg — delivery of heroin/fentanyl/MDMA/crack cocaine, firearms violations
- Jerome Juwine Bouie, 46, of Philadelphia — delivery of heroin/crack cocaine
- Kathleen Ann Jordan, 44, of Carlisle — delivery of heroin
- Michael David Cooper, 37, of Carlisle — delivery of heroin
- Theron Jack Simmons, 21, of Carlisle — delivery of heroin
- Yvonne Annette McElroy, 44, of Carlisle — delivery of heroin
- Kyle Lawrence McElroy, 35, of Carlisle — delivery of heroin
- Alicia Mary Renaut, 28, of Carlisle — delivery of heroin
- Jason Shughart, 36, of Carlisle — delivery of heroin
- Alexandria Roberson, 32, of Carlisle — delivery of heroin
- Naudica Mona Bailey, 21, of Mount Holly Springs — delivery of crack cocaine
- Heather Bechtel, 33, of Carlisle — delivery of heroin
- Raheem Dajon Gray, 29, of Carlisle — delivery of heroin/crack cocaine
- Eric Marino Airesman, 32, of Carlisle — delivery of heroin/fentanyl, felon not to possess a firearm
- Tony Neil Werdebach, 47, of Carlisle — delivery of crack cocaine
- Michael Leon Burgess, 34, of Carlisle — delivery of crack cocaine
- Lynell Pigford, 32, of Carlisle — delivery of crack cocaine
- Demetrius L. Barnes, 29, of Carlisle — delivery of crack cocaine
- Michael E. Shipe, 41, of Harrisburg — delivery of crack cocaine
- Julian Eugene Robinson, 28, of Carlisle — delivery of crack cocaine
Four are still wanted:
- Charles Wesley Cuff, 49, of Carlisle — delivery of heroin
- Tyree Cordrelle Osby, 24, of Philadelphia — delivery of heroin
- Eric Tearle Seigler, 37, of Carlisle — delivery of heroin
- Quynton M. Werdebach, 22, of Carlisle — delivery of heroin