9 adults, 6 juveniles charged in drug & robbery investigation

MIDDLEBURG–Nine adults and six juveniles, including several from Snyder County, were charged Monday with multiple criminal counts, including robbery and possession with the intent to deliver, according to a press release issued by Snyder County District Attorney Michael Piecuch.

A Statewide Investigating Grand Jury heard testimony from numerous witnesses with first-hand knowledge of criminal activities by Noah Hendricks, 19, of Selinsgrove, following his arrest for a drug-related armed robbery, according to the press release. Hendricks used an internet company as a “front” to sell marijuana and other drugs online, that he was often in possession of firearms for which he had no license or registration and that he planned and/or participated in armed robberies at two Pennsylvania universities, as well as provided a 9mm pistol which was used in both incidents.

“We must be vigilant because our schools are not immune to the dangers of drugs or the greed of those who sell them,” Piecuch said. “This case is a warning to our students, their families and our school officials.”

According to the press release, in April 2017, Hendricks purchased 12,000 Xanax pills via the “Dark Web” and gave large batches of the pills to Brice Harro, 19, of Middleburg, Juvan Batts, 20, of Selinsgrove, and other associates, both juvenile and adult, who would in turn distribute the drugs. Within days, several Selinsgrove area teenagers had overdosed on the pills. No overdoses proved to be fatal.

“Thanks to a strong collaboration with Snyder County District Attorney Michael Piecuch and the Selinsgrove Police Department, a drug ring that caused at least six overdoses in the Snyder County area has been shut down,” said Attorney General Josh Shapiro.

Hendricks, Batts and Harro as well as Lamont Patterson, 20, of Sunbury, Rasheed Hill, 21, of State College, Florin Nork, 21, of North Carolina and Jeffrey Dzierzawiec of New Jersey, were each charged with a variety of felony counts, including possession with the intent to deliver, criminal conspiracy/possession with the intent to deliver, criminal use of a communication facility, dealing in proceeds of unlawful activity, robbery, criminal conspiracy/robbery, criminal attempt/robbery, theft by unlawful taking and firearms not to be carried without a license. Additionally, Zachary Broome, 20, of State College and Brenden Carner, 20, of Selinsgrove, were each charged with one misdemeanor count criminal attempt/possession and one misdemeanor count intentional possession of a controlled substance by a person who is not registered.

Hendricks, Harro, Nork, Hill, Patterson and Batts were arraigned before Magisterial District Judge John H. Reed on Monday. Hendricks was committed to Snyder County Correctional Facility, unable to post the $2,000,000 bail set. Batts, Hill, and Patterson were also committed to SCCF, unable to post the $250,000 bail set for each of them. Bail was set at $75,000 unsecured for Harro and $25,000 unsecured for Nork. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for August 27 for Hendricks, Harro, Hill, Patterson and Batts. Nork is scheduled for formal arraignment before President Judge Michael Hudock on October 22.

The six juveniles will be prosecuted in the counties of their residence, according to the press release. Due to juvenile court rules, further disclosure of details about the these cases is prohibited.