Twenty-one individuals who were arrested this week as part of a massive drug bust operation led by the Bradford County Drug Task Force have been identified — with the majority having ties to Elmira or the Valley.
In total, 26 people, including two juveniles, are being rounded up as part of the operation, which spanned seven months and included assistance from the Bradford County District Attorney’s Office, Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Office and officers from the police departments of Sayre, Athens Borough, Athens Township, Pennsylvania State Police, New York State Police and Elmira Police, as well as the Sheriff’s offices of Tioga, Broome and Chemung counties in New York.
The following individuals have been arraigned before Magisterial District Court Judge Larry Hurley and remanded to the Bradford County Jail in lieu of various degrees of bail on felony-level drug charges and other offenses:
• Billie Jo Lantz, 29, of Sayre.
• Samantha Marion Eberlin-Stiehl, 31, of Sayre.
• Lewis Charles Comstock Jr., 35, of Sayre.
• Kristi Jo Comstock, 29, of Sayre.
• Jacqueline Lee Lucy, 29, of Athens.
• Terri Lynne Finnerty, 47, of Athens.
• Zachary Michael Moore, 21, of Waverly.
• Manley Chapman, 30, of Waverly.
• Miley Delacruz, 26, of Waverly.
• Kirsten Douglas, 21, of Barton.
• Tate Coleman, 29, of Barton.
• Melissa Callahan, 28, of Nichols.
• Matthew J. Corwin, 35, of Elmira.
• Amber Jean Harvey, 32, of Elmira.
• Jordan White, 32, of Elmira.
• Gregory Brown, 23, of Elmira.
• Candace Chase, 37, of Spencer.
• Jeffrey Pearsall, 30, of Troy.
• Jennifer Lee Baldwin, 35, of Great Bend, Pa.
• David Phillips, 29, of Reading, Pa.
David A. Terkay, 62, of Sayre, was arraigned on misdemeanor drug charges and tampering with physical evidence.
According to criminal complaint documents filed at Hurley’s office, Terkay was charged after a report of an illegal handgun being observed at his residence.
Upon executing a search warrant on the residence, officers discovered two BB guns, a pistol-shaped knife, suspected heroin and various items of drug paraphernalia.
The remaining 10 suspects were all arrested as a result of various organized drug sales with confidential informants at locations around the Valley, according to court documents.
The transactions included the sales of various amounts of fentanyl, heroin, methamphetamine, Suboxone and marijuana, court documents said.
In total, law enforcement recovered approximately 15 grams of meth, 29 grams of marijuana, and 15.3 grams and 30 unmeasured packets of heroin and fentanyl as a result of the confidential informant sales.
The operation was conducted from November of last year to May of this year. All of the suspects have preliminary hearings scheduled at future dates.
The Morning Times will continue to update this story as more information becomes available.