TORONTO - Six individuals were arrested Wednesday by City Police following a six-month investigation into prescription drug trafficking in the city.
Housed in the Jefferson County jail this morning are Rhonda A. Schooley, 54, of 103 1/2 Seneca St., Toronto, two counts felony trafficking in drugs; Wayne M. Schooley, 48, of 103 1/2 Seneca St., Toronto, one count felony complicity to trafficking in drugs; Lisa L. Swiger, 46, of 198 National Road, Toronto, one count felony trafficking in drugs; Edward A. Kosikowski, 45, of 198 National Road, Toronto, two counts felony trafficking in Drugs; Brandi L. Schroyer, 29, of 132 Belmont St., Toronto, two counts felony trafficking in drugs in the presence of a juvenile; and David W. Fullerton, 43, of Apartment 1, 510 N. Third St., two counts felony drug trafficking.
Capt. Rick Parker of the Toronto Police said all individuals are being held at the jail without bond.
"This is an ongoing investigation into prescription drug trafficking in the city," said Parker, adding Schroyer allegedly sold drugs with her child present during the transactions.
Parker said the drug ring would obtain legitimate prescriptions and then sell them on the street.
"These people would get valid prescription drugs and then sell them," said Parker. "We've seen a rise in thefts, car break-ins and house burglaries due to addicts trying to get money to purchase pills and other illegal drugs."
Parker said more arrests may be forthcoming and warned drug dealers they will be caught and prosecuted.
"The Toronto Police will continue its effort to combat drug trafficking in the city," said Parker. "We have said it time and time again, if you come to our city and sell drugs it's not a matter of if you get caught, it's just a matter of when."
Parker also asked citizens with drug activity information to call police and report it, and all tips on drug activity will remain confidential.
"It would be a lot harder to complete investigations without the help of the citizens who call in information," he said. "Our taxpayers deserve the best enforcement we can offer."