Five charged in heroin-related incidents in Shamokin
SHAMOKIN - Five people were charged Thursday afternoon with heroin-related offenses by members of the Northumberland-Montour Drug Task Force involving separate incidents in the city.
Another defendant was charged with possessing drug paraphernalia containing Spice.
Patrick E. Shinskie, 22, of 720 N. Franklin St., Shamokin, and Cassandra Catino, 28, of 120 Academy St., Shamokin, were arraigned by Magisterial District Judge John Gembic III on felonies of delivering heroin and possession with intent to deliver heroin and misdemeanors of possession of heroin and criminal conspiracy.
Shinskie was also charged with criminal use of a communication facility.
They are accused of delivering two bags of heroin for $40 to an informant at Catino's residence Jan. 22.
Cpl. Bryan Primerano and Ralpho Township Patrolman Chris Grow filed the charges.
Primerano also charged Catino with possession of heroin and possession of drug paraphernalia after authorities took her into custody at 2:30 p.m. Thursday in the 100 block of East Independence Street and found a plastic/glassine packet containing heroin and numerous prescription medications in her purse.
Shinskie was released on $15,000 unsecured bail, while Catino was freed after posting $15,000 cash bail.
Grow and Primerano charged Justin H. Dobson, 30, of 313 Center St., Tharptown, with two counts each of delivery of heroin, possession with intent to deliver heroin, criminal use of a communication facility, possession of heroin and possession of drug paraphernalia and one count of criminal conspiracy involving a Nov. 5 incident in the 400 block of North Sixth Street.
Dobson, who is accused of selling two bags of heroin for $60 to an informant, was arraigned by Gembic and released on his own recognizance.
Jeremy Green, 26, of Hughesville, who is incarcerated in Northumberland County Prison, Sunbury, on heroin-related charges, faces additional offenses of delivery of heroin and possession with intent to deliver heroin relating to a March 28 incident in Shamokin.
Green, who was recommitted to prison in lieu of $50,000 bail, is charged by Primerano with selling three packets of heroin to an informant for $60.
Primerano charged Robert T. Ferrick, 26, of 25 N. Second St., first floor, Shamokin, with delivery of heroin, possession with intent to deliver heroin and criminal conspiracy.
Ferrick, who is in the county jail on other drug charges, is accused of delivering three packets of heroin to an informant for $70 at his residence Jan. 14.
Jimmie Driggers II, 24, of 135 Birch St., Shamokin, who also is incarcerated at the county prison on unrelated drug offenses, was charged by Primerano with possession of drug paraphernalia. He is accused of possessing numerous plastic packets used to package and sell Spice. The packets contained a small amount of Spice.