Mount Carmel drug defendant apprehended in Shamokin
SHAMOKIN - One of the four suspects not taken into custody during last week's drug bust was apprehended late Tuesday evening.
Shamokin City Police Chief Edward Griffiths said Joseph J. Galgocy, 29, with a last known address of 337 E. Center St., Mount Carmel, was taken into custody at approximately 10:30 p.m. without incident.
Griffiths said his department received credible information that Galgocy was somewhere in the city and Cpl. Bryan Primerano stayed in the area Tuesday on surveillance.
"I don't know if we ran into him or he ran into us, but we took him into custody in the area of Eighth Street near the career and arts center," Griffiths said.
Galgocy was charged Sept. 19 with criminal conspiracy to commit possession of a controlled substance with the intent to deliver. He was one of 16 suspects charged in a joint investigation between local police and the state Attorney General's office on a drug ring that brought cocaine and heroin into Luzerne and Northumberland counties from the Dominican Republic.
According to a grand jury presentment on the investigation, Galgocy testified he was an associate of Charles "Chuck" T. Picarella Jr., 33, of Elysburg, in distributing heroin in the area in 2012.
Galgocy told the grand jury he used and sold heroin left by Picarella at Galgocy's Mount Carmel apartment. Galgocy said he drove Picarella to pick up heroin, but never met Picarella's source.
Galgocy was arraigned Tuesday evening by on-call Senior Magisterial District Judge Michael Mychak and placed in Northumberland County Prison on $50,000 bail.