13 suspects charged in massive heroin distribution ring

PENNSYLVANIA – A major heroin ring operation in upper Bucks County that led to “led to widespread addiction among young citizens of the Quakertown area” has been dismantled, Buck County officials announced Wednesday.

District Attorney Matt Weintraub said 13 individuals were arrested, including two Richland Township brothers– 27-year-old Sheamus McCarthy and 22-year-old Casey McCarthy–who are the alleged kingpins of the drug trafficking ring that was raking in nearly $1 million annually for the past three years.

Authorities claim the two brothers began running the operation from their remote family homestead in Richland Township, and later from Springfield Township and Quakertown. They have been charged with more than a dozen crimes, including operating a corrupt organization, distribution of a controlled substance, dealing in proceeds of unlawful activities and recklessly endangering another person.

According to The Morning Call, court records show that Sheamus McCarthy was not only a high-level drug dealer but someone who others described as an enforcer-type, involved in fights and acts of violence.” It also states that he was considered the “mastermind of the organization” while his younger brother, Casey McCarthy often traveled to Philadelphia “to acquire the heroin to be distributed to heroin dealers who would, in turn, sell the heroin to users.”

The grand jury “investigated fatal and non-fatal overdoses in Upper Bucks County over the past two years,” and linked at least two deaths to the ring. In addition, the drug ring “caused numerous overdoses and endangered many other lives, all while reaping vast financial profits,” said the grand jury report.

It was also determined during their investigation that a third brother, 25-year-old Thomas McCarthy, broke away from his brothers to start his own, smaller operation from locations including Quakertown, Richland Township, and Allentown, said authorities.

Between 2013 and 2016 the brothers ran an 11-person organization that made nearly $1 million each year off local heroin addicts, selling between 200 and 400 bundles of heroin per week – each bundle containing 10 to 14 individual bags, says the report.

The 13 individuals, including the McCarthy brothers, Harris, Betts, and Bihl, have been charged with running or participating in a corrupt organization, along with extensive drug-related felonies and misdemeanors. Also charged were Kenneth Joseph Delp, 26; Daniel Keith Moyer, 25; Michael Levi Wentz, 21; Chad Eric Knechel, 45; Ryan Ernest Mokrynchuk, 24; Jonathan Benjamin King, 27; and Melody Annette Clugh, 23.

“Heroin kills. It has no redeeming value. It’s poison,” District Attorney Matthew Weintraub said at a news conference Wednesday afternoon. “And those who peddle this poison to our citizens – to our children – must be incapacitated.”

Police are still looking for two suspects, the District Attorney’s Office said.

H/T: Lehighvalley, The Morning Call

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