COUDERSPORT — Eleven suspected drug dealers were arrested during a drug raid in Potter and McKean counties, according to a press release from Andy Watson, Potter County district attorney.
Police arrested Jonah Rushmore, Jessica Rushmore, Megan Sena, Paige Foil, Craig Hostler, Kent Rissel, Kiersten Schweiger, Felecia Stevens, Ryan Johnston, Herbert Watson and Joseph Vettese in the drug raid, according to the release. The arrests were made by the Potter County East Drug Task Force in conjunction with Pennsylvania Attorney General, Josh Shapiro’s, office.
These individuals have been charged with delivery of a controlled substance, possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, criminal use of a communication facility and other related charges. Controlled substances purchased from these individuals included crystal methamphetamine, LSD, Subutex (a prescription medication) and marijuana.
The charges stem from a six-month investigation into local dealers. Watson, Shapiro and the Potter County East Drug Task Force have been working together to make these arrests, according to the press release. The local drug task force is made up of officers from the Coudersport Borough Police Department, Shinglehouse Borough Police Department, Galeton Borough Police Department and the Sweden Township/Roulette/Ulysses Borough Police Department.
“I wish to thank the hard working and dedicated members of the Potter County East Drug Task force and the agents through the Attorney General’s Office that we work with,” Watson said in the release. “Without their time and efforts, the removal of suspected drug dealers from Potter and surrounding counties would not be possible.”
Watson said when he took office in 2010, one of his priorities was to create a drug task force here due to an apparent drug problem throughout the county. Since then, there has been 150 arrests.
Shapiro echoed those thoughts.
“The people of Potter County deserve to feel safe walking down their streets, not faced with the threat of encountering this criminal organization that was pushing illegal drugs into their communities,” Shapiro said in the release. “I’m grateful for the strong collaboration between law enforcement partners to break up this drug ring and get these poisons off our streets.”