Nine defendants in international drug case waive hearings
SHAMOKIN - Nine of the 16 defendants arrested Sept. 19 as part of a cocaine/heroin ring that brought drugs into Luzerne and Northumberland counties from the Dominican Republic waived their preliminary hearings to county court.
It was a rare Tuesday afternoon criminal court session in the courtroom of Magisterial District Judge John Gembic III, where defendant after defendant came through the courtroom for a hearing.
Some came in shackles and prison jumpsuits and some represented themselves. Each hearing took approximately 10 to 15 minutes.
Those who waived their hearings, and their charges, are:
- Jarred Derck, 29, currently incarcerated in the Northumberland County Prison, charged with two counts of criminal conspiracy.
- Jordan Detalente, 19, of 136 S. Second St., Shamokin, two counts of criminal conspiracy.
- Jordan Scicchitano, 19, of 1514 Hill St., Coal Township, two counts of criminal conspiracy.
- Harry Reed, 36, of 941 W. Independence St., Coal Township, two counts of criminal conspiracy.
- Joseph Galgocy, 29, last known address 337 E. Center St., Mount Carmel, criminal conspiracy to commit possession of a controlled substance with the intent to deliver.
- Wade J. Smink, 38, of 844 Chestnut St., Kulpmont, two counts of criminal conspiracy.
- Foster Renn III, 23, of 1305 W. Montgomery St., Coal Township, one count each of possession with intent to deliver heroin, delivery of heroin, criminal conspiracy and criminal use of a communication facility.
- Konrad Kehler, 24, of 130 Iris Road, Shamokin, three counts each of possession with intent to deliver heroin, delivery of heroin and criminal use of a communication facility, and two counts of criminal conspiracy.
- Lucas Krankowski, 34, of 1701 W. Independence St., Coal Township, three counts each of possession with intent to deliver heroin, delivery of heroin and criminal use of a communication facility.
The bails of two of the prisoners, Kehler and Scicchitano, were reduced to unsecured supervised bails with random drug and alcohol testing, allowing them to be released from custody.
The suspects were charged Sept. 19 by the state Attorney General's office and officers from the Northumberland-Montour Drug Task Force after a grand jury indictment exposed a drug ring that transported cocaine and heroin from the Dominican Republic to Luzerne and Northumberland counties, distributing the drugs through a network of dealers in the area.
Missing from Tuesday's hearings were the alleged ringleader of the group, Juan Carlos Alvarez, and two other defendants, Kinda Yost, 25, of 32 N. Anthracite St., Shamokin, and Kevineric Eltringham, 30, of 1423 W. Arch St., Coal Township. Yost and Eltringham were also charged with perjury for allegedly lying to the grand jury.