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McKean County Drug Task Force sweep nets nearly a dozen

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Posted: Thursday, July 3, 2008 12:00 am

Area police arrested 11 alleged drug dealers in a round-up in the Bradford area Thursday.

"The arrests that occurred Wednesday and Thursday are the result of several months of investigation by the Drug Task Force," said McKean County District Attorney John Pavlock, who heads up the task force. "We'd like to thank the Street Crimes Unit and Emergency Response Team for their help and making everything go smoothly."

The McKean County Drug Task Force, in cooperation with the Bradford City Police Street Crimes Unit and Emergency Response Team, have arrested 14 people on drug-related charges this past week.

Four warrants are still outstanding from Thursday's sweep in which 16 officers took part, according to an officer of the Drug Task Force.

All suspects were arraigned before District Judge Rich Luther on Thursday and committed to McKean County Jail in lieu of bail. Preliminary hearings in all of the cases have been scheduled for July 14 before District Judge Dom Cercone.

Suspects arrested in the case were Thomas William Barnes, 42, of 304 East Main St.; Harley Blue Sellers, 30, of 19 1/2 Chautauqua Place; Mitchell Harrison Gross, 32, of 77 Rockland Ave.; Richard B. Griesbaum, 24, of Jackson Ave.; David Michael McGarry, 21, of Jackson Avenue; Shandon Noah Langianese, 19, of 23 Constitution Ave.; Jacquelyn Suzann Horton, 19, of 12A Kiwanis Court; Russell G. Passauer Jr., 67, of 425 E. Main St.; Jeffrey M. Bartholomew, 36, of 6 Kiwanis Court; Rico P. Bizzak, 32, of 333 Chase St., Kane; and Julie Bizzak of 333 Chase St., Kane.

Charges were as follows: Barnes has two felony counts of delivery of a controlled substance, and two misdemeanor counts of possession of a controlled substance. Bail is set at ,30,000 for each of two incidents.

Sellers has two felony counts of delivery of a controlled substance, and two misdemeanor counts of possession of a controlled substance. Bail is set at ,50,000 for each of two incidents.

Gross has one felony count of delivery of a controlled substance, and one misdemeanor count of conspiracy to possess a controlled substance. Bail is set at ,30,000.

Griesbaum has one felony count of conspiracy to deliver a controlled substance, and one misdemeanor count of conspiracy to possess a controlled substance. Bail is set at ,25,000.

McGarry has one felony count of delivery of a controlled substance, and one misdemeanor count of possession of a controlled substance. Bail is set at ,25,000.

Langianese has one felony count of delivery of a controlled substance, and one misdemeanor count of possession of a controlled substance. Bail is set at ,25,000.

Passauer has one felony count of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, and one misdemeanor count of possession of a controlled substance. Bail is set at ,25,000.

Bartholomew has one felony count of delivery of a controlled substance, and one misdemeanor count of possession of a controlled substance. Bail is set at ,25,000.

Rico Bizzak has one felony count of conspiracy to deliver a controlled substance, and one misdemeanor count of conspiracy to possess a controlled substance. Bail is set at ,25,000.

Julie Bizzak has one felony count of conspiracy to deliver a controlled substance, and one misdemeanor count of conspiracy to possess a controlled substance. Bail is set at ,25,000.

"The three different teams working together are making each other work better," commented Bradford City Police Chief Mike Close. "Countywide, everybody is on the same page with the same goal and the resources are pulling together to make the Bradford area a better place."

Close also added that he hopes that all of the recent success by the Drug Task Force will urge people to come forward with information leading to more arrests. Bradford City Mayor Tom Riel concurred.

"This is only a portion of the people dealing drugs in our community," said Riel. "The help of the public is greatly appreciated. It should be known that we have a zero tolerance policy for drug dealers in Bradford."

The police department's confidential tipline, at www.cityofbradfordpolice.com is open to public tips. Riel pointed out that the tipline is completely confidential and is untraceable.

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