SHAMOKIN — What started out as a search for a wanted person Wednesday morning in lower Northumberland County escalated into a daylong roundup of numerous people by multiple agencies leading to the discovery of heroin, methamphetamine, marijuana, drug paraphernalia and cash.
In all, 16 local residents were committed to jail on warrants and some face additional drug charges.
Police from Shamokin, Coal Township and Kulpmont, agents from the U.S. Marshals Service, state and county parole officers and state police assisted with the busts involving seven separate incidents in the Shamokin area.
Patrolman Raymond Siko II, who headed the investigation, said officers were requested at 8:46 a.m. to assist U.S. Marshal Service agents with locating a wanted female. After attempting to locate the woman at multiple locations in the city, police found her and Richard Geidosh Jr., who also was wanted, at a home at 951 W. Holly St. minutes later.
The woman, who was not identified by police, was taken into custody by the U.S. Marshals Service, while Geidosh was transported to Northumberland County Jail.
At 10:24 a.m., police were summoned to 623 S. Market St., where authorities were searching for a wanted male who was not at the home. Sean Best, of Shamokin, who was wanted by police, was found at the Market Street residence and taken into custody by county probation officers and transported to the county jail.
While searching the Market Street home, authorities apprehended Amanda Bentley and Jesse Weit, both of Shamokin, who climbed out a second-story window in an attempt to escape.
Bentley and Weit, who were both wanted by the county sheriff’s office, were taken into custody.
Police also located Tyler Jeffrey, of Shamokin, Jeremy Gundy, of Kulpmont, Brianna Bland, of Shamokin, Shannon Taylor, of Shamokin, Floyd Taorima, of Shamokin, and Jeffrey Williams, of Shamokin, in the home. Taormina, who was wanted by the county sheriff’s office, and Williams, who was wanted on a warrant out of Montour County, were incarcerated.
Gundy, Bland, Taylor and Jeffrey were released.
Siko said heroin, marijuana, methamphetamine, cash and drug paraphernalia were found throughout the home.
He said multiple charges are pending against everyone except Taylor and Jeffrey.
At 11:37 a.m., police were summoned to 69 E. Dewart St. to assist state parole agents in their search for a wanted male.
Siko said the owner of the property arrived on scene and granted permission to law enforcement officials to enter the home.
He said an unidentified male and female, who were both wanted, were taken into custody and incarcerated.
While searching the premises, Siko said authorities found a trap door in a closet with a ladder built into a wall that led to a space inside the walls and foundation of the home, where police located Glen Taormina (brother of Floyd Taormina) and Jenna Sebasovich, both of Shamokin, who were both wanted on warrants and committed to the county jail.
Siko said a large quantity of methamphetamine and heroin, cash, marijuana and drug paraphernalia were seized at 69 E. Dewart St.
At 1:40 p.m., police received a call regarding suspicious people walking around a yard at 69 E. Dewart St. Police located a suspicious orange sport utility vehicle traveling on East Dewart Street near Coal Street and conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle at the bottom of Dewart Street just off Route 61 across the highway from Jack Williams Tire and Auto Service Center.
The SUV was occupied by Jeremy Gundy, Cheyenne Swartz, of Shamokin, Brianna Bland and Jessica Wywadis, of Kulpmont. Siko said charges are pending against all four people. Bland, who was wanted, was taken to the county jail. Gundy, Swartz and Wywadis were released.
Motorists on Route 61 going toward and coming off the Cameron Bridge were forced to slow down with the presence of multiple police vehicles parked along the road.
A 3:59 p.m., officers spotted Justin Dobson, of Shamokin, who was wanted, walking in the parking lot at Weis Markets. Following a brief foot pursuit, Dobson was taken into custody. He suffered an injury while fleeing from police and was taken by AREA Services ambulance to Geisinger-Shamokin Area Community Hospital, where he was treated and released before being transported to the county jail.
Coal Township Patrolman Cody Rebuck suffered a minor knee injury during the chase.
At 5:15 p.m., police responded to Second and Water streets for a reported fight involving Andrew Britton, 37, of 223 E. Cameron St., Shamokin, who was wanted by the sheriff’s department and incarcerated at the county jail.
Britton was later charged by Cpl. Bryan Primerano with possessing heroin and possessing drug paraphernalia.
Police also took three individuals into custody at 305 E. Sunbury St. at 5:17 p.m.
Primerano said drug charges are pending against Weselley Markwith, 37, and Jennifer Warsheski, 33, both of 305 E. Sunbury St., and Ashley Campbell, 33, of Shamokin.
Primerano said methamphetamine, heroin, packaging materials, a digital scale, Xanax, a glass smoking device and syringes were found in the home.
Markwith and Campbell, who were both wanted, were incarcerated at the county jail, while Warsheski was released.