Thirteen busted in ‘Operation Gobble Up'|
Friday, November 22, 2013
By Jeff Corcino Staff Writer
Clearfield County District Attorney William A. Shaw Jr. announced yesterday 13 people were arrested on drug charges in "Operation Gobble Up."
The suspects were arrested following an investigation over the past several months by the Clearfield County Drug Task Force, state Attorney General's Office and local police departments.
Shaw said the investigation utilized advanced surveillance techniques including electronic surveillance as well as undercover purchases of illegal drugs such as cocaine, heroin, marijuana and prescription medications.
Shaw said these arrests send a message to those involved in the illegal drug trade.
"We know who you are and you will be arrested," Shaw said.
Shaw guaranteed there are more arrests forthcoming as a result of information gleaned from these arrests.
The drug task force continues to work on several investigations to locate and prosecute drug dealers in Clearfield County.
Shaw said "Operation Gobble Up" involved agents from the attorney general's office, Bureau of Narcotics Identification along with officers from the Clearfield County Drug Task Force, the state police and its canine unit, deputies from the Clearfield County Sheriff's Department and police officers from Clearfield Borough, Lawrence Township, DuBois City, Decatur Township, Morris-Cooper Regional, and Curwensville Borough.
Shaw also thanked Attorney General Kathleen Kane for providing the resources necessary to maintain a successful Drug Task Force and all of the law enforcement personnel involved in the investigation.
"This sends a clear message that dealing drugs will not be tolerated in Clearfield County," Shaw said.
The 13 people arrested as a part of "Operation Gobble Up" and their charges include the following:
• Ashley M. Kirk, 25, of Clearfield, assisted in the sale of subutex to an undercover agent.
• Azure Luzier, 36, of Philipsburg, stole identities and forged their signatures to obtain prescription medication.
• Brandon Timko, 26, of Curwensville, assisted in the sale of heroin and delivering cocaine to an undercover agent.
• Connie Nivotney, 53, of Curwensville, sold marijuana to an undercover agent on two occasions.
• Crystal Wise, 34, of Clearfield, possession of drug paraphernalia.
• James Burnside, 49, of DuBois, sold prescription medication to an undercover agent.
• Justin Wisor, 20, Mineral Springs, sold synthetic marijuana to an undercover agent.
• Krista Wilkinson, 25, of Clearfield, brought prescription medication to the Clearfield County Jail.
• Lacey Levesque, 23, of Curwensville, assisted in the delivery of heroin to an undercover agent.
• Mark J. Hackett, 26, of Mineral Springs, sold prescription medication to an undercover agent.
• Taylor C. Johns, 22, of Grassflat, sold prescription medication to an undercover agent.
• David Carrier, 46, of Philipsburg, possession of a small amount of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.
• Matthew Smith, 29, of Clearfield, possession of drug paraphernalia.
All of the suspects have been arrested, according to agent Jim Walstrom of the state Attorney General's Office.