Venango County Heroin, Cocaine Traffickers Receive Prison Sentences

| February 16, 2017

arrestFRANKLIN, Pa. (EYT) – Defendants in a massive Venango County drug bust in March 2016 are finally learning their fates.

The state Attorney General’s office filed various criminal charges against 43 individuals in connection with a drug trafficking organization responsible for distributing significant quantities of cocaine and heroin in the county.

The charges are the result of a joint investigation conducted by the Office of Attorney General’s Bureau of Narcotics Investigation and the Pennsylvania State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation, Northwest Strike Force Unit.

The investigation also relied upon the work of several local police departments — including the City of Franklin and Oil City Police Departments — that were part of an Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force assembled for this case.

This investigation began in May 2015, and law enforcement determined that Calvin Ludy, originally from the Detroit area, was the head of the drug trafficking organization, which operated primarily in Franklin and Oil City. Ludy attempted to insulate himself from law enforcement by having his associates, including Antonyo Harris, deal cocaine on his behalf, according to investigators.

Investigators obtained a court-authorized wiretap on a telephone utilized by Ludy. The wiretap aided investigators in locating the residence where it is alleged that Ludy stored cocaine and another residence where he allegedly processed crack cocaine.

Meanwhile, investigators allege Harris, another former Michigan resident, and his wife, Stephanie Harris, obtained drugs from Ludy and sold them on his behalf.

Other court-authorized wiretaps, including one on a telephone belonging to Harris, further proved that Harris and his associates were dealing cocaine and heroin. The heroin, which Harris dealt independently of Ludy, was allegedly obtained from a courier who brought the heroin in from Detroit, according to investigators.

Investigators utilized confidential informants and made multiple controlled purchases of drugs from individuals who were charged in connection with Ludy’s organization.

On March 30, investigators executed seven search warrants as part of their investigation. Five of the residences were in Venango County, and the two others were in Erie County.

For Ludy, his attorney, Michael Antkowiak, withdrew from the case and Stanley Booker replaced him. This delayed his trial. Jury selection is now scheduled for May 8, 2017, with a jury trial scheduled for May 18, 19, 22, 23, and 24, 2017.

He is still lodged in the Venango County Jail on $100,000.00 bail.

Here’s a look at some of the other defendants that were part of the bust and where their cases stand:

Antonyo Montez Harris, 30, of 307 Plummer Street, Oil City, pleaded guilty to one felony count of Corrupt Organizations, two felony counts of the Manufacture, Delivery, or Possession with Intent to Manufacture or Deliver Controlled Substances, and one count of Criminal Use of a Communication Facility. He was sentenced to eight to 24 years and two months at Camp Hill State Prison. Time served was applied.

He also pleaded guilty to a felony count of Aggravated Harassment by a prisoner after an incident on April 1 in the Venango County Jail. He was sentenced to one year-nine months to five years at Camp Hill State Prison. He is not RRRI (Recidivism Risk Reduction Incentive) eligible.

Marquail Antwan Sherod, 26, of 317 Webster Street, Rochester, pleaded guilty to felony Conspiracy – Manufacture, Delivery or Possession with the Intent to Deliver a Controlled Substance and one count of Corrupt Organizations. Sherod was sentenced to serve one to five years at a state prison.

Sarah Hoffman, 19, 603 Cooper Avenue, Oil City, pleaded guilty to two counts of Corrupt Organization and will serve nine months to 23 months-29 days in Venango County Jail. She received credit for time served. She is also ordered to probation for five years. In addition, she is sentenced to three years probation for Criminal Conspiracy-Possession with Intent. This sentence is to be served consecutive to the probation for Corrupt Organization.

Work Release/Job Search was authorized for Hoffman, subject to the eligibility requirements and the terms and conditions of the work release program, not to exceed six days per week. Employment is not to interfere with counseling sessions deemed necessary by the county.

Donald Aguilera, 51, of 512 Buffalo Street, Franklin, pleaded guilty to the Criminal Use of a Communication Facility. He was sentenced to three years probation and fined $250.00.

Rita Marie Bugna, 50, of 935 W. First Street, Apt. 3, Oil City, pleaded guilty to the Criminal Use of a Communication Facility. She was sentenced to one year-six months to three years to a state facility. Time served was applied to her sentence. She was also fined $300.00.

Alex Olaf Chechak, 43, of 101 Gilmore Street, Seneca, also pleaded guilty to the Criminal Use of a Communication Facility and was sentenced to three years probation and fined $250.00.

Amy Jo Donovan, 34, of 819 State Route 427, Franklin, pleaded guilty to the Criminal Use of a Communication Facility and Conspiracy – Intentional Possession of Controlled Substance By Person Not Registered. Her sentencing is set for March 10.

Meagan Brianna Henderson, 22, of 13½ Manning Street, Oil City, pleaded guilty to one count of Conspiracy – Violation of 911b1, 911b2, 911b3 and one count of Conspiracy of the Manufacture, Delivery, or Possession with the Intent to Distribute a Controlled Substance. She was sentenced to a minimum of nine months and a maximum of 23 months-29 days in Venango County Jail, followed with two years probation.

Work Release/Job Search was authorized for Henderson, subject to the eligibility requirements and the terms and conditions of the work release program, not to exceed six days per week. Employment is not to interfere with counseling sessions deemed necessary by Venango County.

Virginia Renee Loggins, 30, of 1418 Lynn Street, Floor 2, Erie, pleaded guilty to one count of Dealing in Proceeds of Unlawful Activity/Intent to Promote. She was sentenced to a state facility for a minimum of two years-three months and a maximum of 10 years. Time served was applied to her sentence. She was fined $100.00.

Tuesday Lynn Seippel, 41, of 2918 Poplar Street, Erie, pleaded guilty to one count each of Corrupt Organization and Manufacture, Delivery, or Possession with Intent to Manufacture or Deliver Cocaine. Seippel will be sentenced on March 10.

Genesis Lurey Chrispen, 28, of Pin Oak Village Apartments, Building 11H, 139 Acorn Drive, Seneca, pleaded guilty to the Delivery or Possession with the Intent to Deliver a Controlled Substance and Criminal Use of a Communication Facility. She was sentenced to a minimum of nine months and a maximum of 23 months-29 days to be served in Venango County Jail, followed by two years probation. She was fined $1,300.00.

Work Release/Job Search was authorized for Chrispen, subject to the eligibility requirements and the terms and conditions of the work release program, not to exceed six days per week. Employment is not to interfere with counseling sessions deemed necessary by Venango County.

Clint Alan Donovan, 34, of 819 State Route 427, Franklin, pleaded guilty to one count of Possession of a Controlled Substance. He was sentenced to two years probation and fined $250.00.

Ashley Marie Feely, 30, of 511 Plummer Street, Oil City, pleaded guilty to the Criminal Use of a Communication Facility. Feely was on parole following a sentence for Delivery of Heroin. Her parole was revoked on October 27, 2016. She was sentenced to seven years probation for Criminal Use of a Community to be served after the expiration of the Delivery of Heroin penalty.

Joshua Clay Goff, 40, of 10 Pearl Street, Oil City, pleaded guilty to Criminal Conspiracy, Manufacture, Delivery, or Possession with the Intent to Deliver a Controlled Substance. He was sentenced to two to 10 years at Camp Hill State Prison. Time served will be applied. He was fined $200.00. Goff is not RRRI Eligible.

Nathan Gonzales, 35, of 159 Maplewood Drive, Franklin, pleaded guilty to Criminal Use of a Communication Facility. He was sentenced to three to seven years at Camp Hill State Prison. Time served was applied. He also received three years-four months to 10 years for a guilty plea on an aggravated assault charge to be served concurrently. He is not RRRI Eligible.

Thomas Eugene James, 63, of 109 Ridge Avenue, Oil City, pleaded guilty to Criminal Use of a Communication Facility. He was sentenced to nine to 23 months-29 days to be served on house arrest followed by one year probation. He was also sentenced to comply with Substance Abuse Professional and Mental Health evaluation. He was fined $200.00.

Dustin Ryan King, 27, of 139 Gilfillan Street, Franklin, was found guilty in a jury trial of one count each of Conspiracy – Possession of a Controlled Substance and Criminal Use of a Communication Facility. He will be sentenced on March 27.

Russell Ray Krizon, 56, of 118 Sanford Road, Franklin, pleaded guilty to Criminal Use of a Communication Facility. He received three years probation and fined $300.00.

Randal James Malone, 44, of 92 Acorn Avenue, Oil City, pleaded guilty to Criminal Use of a Communication Facility. He received three years probation and fined $200.00.

Hope Nicole Marshall, 21, of 10 Arbor Circle, Apt. 503, Franklin, pleaded guilty to one count each of Possession of a Controlled Substance and Criminal Conspiracy – Possession of a Controlled Substance. She was sentenced to two years probation and fined $600.00.

Jennifer Jo Moon, 28, of Washington Street, Oil City, pleaded guilty to one count of the Manufacture, Delivery, or Possession with Intent to Manufacture or Deliver. She was sentenced to six months to 23 months-29 days. Time served was applied to her sentence. Moon was approved for house arrest with electronic monitoring. She was fined $300.00. She also pleased guilty to Criminal Use of a Communication Facility and sentenced to two years probation at the expiration of the Drug Possession sentence. She was fined $150.00 for this offense.

Kevin Michael O’Brien, 47, of 151 Plum Street, Apt. 207, Oil City, pleaded guilty to Criminal Use of a Communication Facility. He was sentenced to one to four and one half years in state prison. He was also sentenced to serve three to six month for Manufacture, Delivery, or Possession with Intent to be served at the expiration of his sentence for Criminal Use of a Communication Facility.

Courtney Lee Renninger, 32, of 512 Jones Street, Titusville, pleaded guilty to one count of Possession of a Controlled Substance. She was sentenced to one year probation. She was also fined $150.00.

Krystal Marie Rocco, 27, of 1602 Buttermilk Hill Road, Franklin, pleaded guilty to Criminal Use of a Communication Facility. She was sentenced to serve in Venango County Jail for a minimum of 71 days and a maximum of 23 months-29 days.

Work Release/Job Search was authorized for Rocco, subject to the eligibility requirements and the terms and conditions of the work release program, not to exceed six days per week. Employment is not to interfere with counseling sessions deemed necessary by Venango County.

Keith Allen Tanner, 60, of 1553 Dennison Run Road, Polk, pleaded guilty to one count of the Criminal Use of a Communication Facility. He was sentenced to five years probation and fined $300.00.

Rebecca Ann Townsend, 39, of 46½ Halyday Street, Oil City, pleaded guilty to one count of possession of a controlled substance. She was sentenced to one year probation and fined $50.00.

Karen Lynn Willis, 47, of 307 3rd Street, Rouseville, pleaded guilty to one count of Possession of a Controlled Substance. She will be sentenced on March 10.

Vanessa Jeanette Willis, 30, of 97 Glenview Avenue, Apt. 6, Oil City, pleaded guilty to Criminal Use of a Communication Facility. She was sentenced to one to two years in a state prison.

 


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