Five arrested, charged in Lewistown drug operation

From staff reports

LEWISTOWN – Police arrested three local residents along along with two people from Detroit on Friday for possession with the intent to distribute and other related charges stemming from an alleged drug sales operation in Lewistown, according to a report issued Wednesday by Pennsylvania State Police Lewistown.

Police said they received information that 21-year-old Detroit resident Latoyia Barry was selling heroin out of the Crown Motel.

Police said they later determined that a man from Detroit, 45-year-old Kevin Giles, had brought the heroin from Detroit for distribution in Lewistown. Police said Giles was arrested while he was in Centre County, en route to Lewistown, and was taken to Centre County Correctional Facility.

Police said while in jail Giles provided Barry with the necessary means to sell the heroin. The report said Barry was arrested at the motel and provided police with 15 bags of heroin weighing 5.25 grams.

Police said while speaking with Barry, a 21-year-old male from Lewistown arrived to assist with the distribution of the heroin and officers took him into custody as well. Police did not identify the 21-year-old.

Police said they learned that additional drugs were coming in the mail from Detroit to the motel on Saturday and this package was to include crack cocaine and heroin for sale in the area. Police said the U.S. Postal Service was able to obtain the package and is continuing that investigation.

Police said a residence at 2551 U.S. 522 North in Derry Township also was searched in relation to this incident. Police said upon searching the home, a marijuana growing operation was discovered along with numerous illegal drugs including heroin, cocaine, crack cocaine, hash, suspected bath salts, suspected synthetic marijuana and marijuana.

Barry, Giles, 21-year-old Lewistown resident Reid Powell, 20-year-old McClure resident Korinne Bubb and the unidentified 21-year-old male resident of Lewistown were arrested for various drug violations including conspiracy, possession with intent to distribute and simple possession.