6 arrested in million dollar meth ring bust (PHOTOS)

October 25, 2012 8:40:48 AM PDT
Police in the Lehigh Valley say six suspected drug dealers are charged in connection with the bust of a million dollar methamphetamine ring.

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The six men are identified as Anthony "Skinny" Serratore, Johnny "Amigo" Constanza, Edward "Eddie" Pope Jr., Michael Corby, Robert Thornton Jr., and William Lavenburg.

Investigators say the suspects were distributing a pound of crystal meth each week in Leigh and Northampton Counties - that's an estimated street value of $90,000.

Undercover drug purchases, controlled buys and search warrants were used to gather evidence, which was then presented to a statewide grand jury, who then recommended charges be filed.

Prosecutors say Lavenburg, Corby and Pope were Serratore's main crystal methamphetamine customers. Corby was identified as Serratore's largest customer, allegedly making weekly purchases of seven to 10 ounces at a time.

Officials also claim that Corby, Pope and Lavenburg, in addition to using the crystal meth, were also redistributing the drugs to other lower-level dealers in the Lehigh Valley area.

Over the course of the investigation officials seized approximately 0.5 pound of crystal meth, $26,000 in cash, and 12 firearms.

Below is a breakdown of the charges each suspect now faces:

-Anthony "Skinny" Serratore, 35, 1801 Chester Road, Bethlehem, is charged with one count of possession with the intent to deliver methamphetamine, one count of criminal conspiracy to possess with the intent to deliver methamphetamine, one count of corrupt organizations, one count of delivery of methamphetamine, one count of criminal use of a communication facility, and one count of dealing in proceeds of unlawful activities.

-Johnny "Amigo" Constanza, 48, 309 S. 16th St., Allentown, is charged with one count of possession with the intent to deliver methamphetamine, one count of criminal conspiracy to possess with the intent to deliver methamphetamine, one count of corrupt organizations, one count of criminal use of a communications facility, one count of criminal attempt sale of a non-controlled substance, and one count of dealing in proceeds of unlawful activities.

-Edward "Eddie" Pope Jr., 34, 1418 Northampton St., Apt. 2, Easton, is charged with two counts of possession with the intent to deliver methamphetamine, one count of criminal conspiracy to possess with the intent to deliver methamphetamine, one count of corrupt organizations, one count of criminal use of a communications facility, one count of dealing in proceeds of unlawful activities, and one count of criminal conspiracy to possess with the intent to deliver methamphetamine.

-Michael Corby, 43, 1460 A Church Road, Wind Gap, is charged with one count of possession with the intent to deliver methamphetamine, one count of criminal conspiracy to possess with the intetnt to deliver methamphetamine, one count of corrupt organizations, one count of criminal use of a communication facility, and one count of dealing in proceeds of unlawful activities.

-Robert Thornton Jr., 28, 2126 Johnston Drive., Apt. 8, Bethlehem, is charged with two counts of possession with the intent to deliver methamphetamine, one count of criminal conspiracy to possess with the intent to deliver methamphetamine, one count of corrupt organizations, one count of criminal use of a communication facility, one count of dealing in proceeds of unlawful activities, and one count of criminal conspiracy to possess with the intent to deliver methamphetamine.

-William Lavenburg, 35, 180 B Hoffman Road, Wind Gap, is charged with one count of possession with the intent to deliver methamphetamine, one count of criminal conspiracy to possess with the intent to deliver methamphetamine, one count of corrupt organizations, one count of criminal use of a communications facility, one count of dealing in proceeds of unlawful activities, and one count of damaging agricultural crop.

Police say more arrests could be coming.


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