TORONTO - Six suspects were arrested Friday and are housed in the Jefferson County Jail today after a multi-agency series of sweeping drug raids in the city.
The raids, conducted by City Police, the Jefferson County Drug Task Force and the Jefferson County Sheriff's Department, were the result of continuing investigations into prescription drug trafficking in the city, according to city police Capt. Rick Parker of the.
Those arrested during the raids included Jessica Gorney, 21, Apartment 13, 901 Bank St., Toronto, who was charged with two counts trafficking in drugs in the presence of children, one count of child endangerment, one count of possession of drug paraphernalia and one count of possession of marijuana; Josh Deuley, 25, Apartment 13, 901 Bank St., Toronto, who was charged with one count of possession of drug paraphernalia; Ashley Hartline, 27, 1306 N. Fifth St., Toronto, who was charged with three counts felony drug trafficking, one count child endangerment; Jeromy Brewer, 31, 1105 Grant St., Toronto, who was charged with one count felony trafficking in drugs in the presence of children; Robert J. Phelps, 25, 6662 state Route 213, Toronto, who was charged with one count trafficking in drugs in the presence of children; and Ashley Dicola, 22, 118 Third Ave., Stratton, who was charged with two felony counts of trafficking in drugs within 1,000 feet of a school.
"(These arrests) were the result of our continuing investigation into (prescription) drug trafficking in Toronto," said Parker, adding individuals arrested had been under surveillance. "We executed a warrant at Apartment 13, 901 Bank St. This apartment, we believe, was being used as a flophouse, and we made controlled drug buys from two individuals at the apartment. During our investigation we also made several other drug buys of prescription drugs."
Three minor children residing in the apartment were turned over to Jefferson County Children's Services, added Parker.
"(These arrests) were a trickle-down effect from our prior investigations," Parker continued. "We're stepping things up in Toronto. When you have agencies put their resources together this is the result. We're going to continue these (multi-agency) investigations in Toronto."
Parker also had a warning for those dealing drugs in the city.
"If you are selling drugs in Toronto, it's not a matter of if you will get caught - it's only a matter of when," he said.