11 charged in northeastern Pa. heroin trafficking case

<div class="meta image-caption"><div class="origin-logo origin-image none"><span>none</span></div><span class="caption-text">Anthony Vega, 19, of Hazleton, who was arrested as part of an operation targeting heroin distribution in northeastern Pa.</span></div>
A total of 11 people have been charged after an investigation into an alleged heroin distribution ring operating in northeastern Pennsylvania.

The Pennsylvania Attorney General's office said the operation distributed $1.5 million worth of heroin in Carbon County over a four-month period.

The investigation was dubbed "Operation 93 Pipeline," because Route 93 served as the main road used by the alleged distributors, with direct access to Interstate 81.

Those charged are identified as:

Joshua Y. Mejia, 23, of Hazleton, Luzerne County, is charged with two counts of corrupt organizations and one count each of dealing in proceeds of unlawful activities, criminal solicitation, criminal conspiracy, unlawful delivery of a controlled substance, criminal use of a communication facility and unlawful possession of a controlled substance.

Bradesky J. Santos Jr., 21, of Treskow, Carbon County, is charged with two counts each of corrupt organizations and driving under the influence of a controlled substance. Other charges are one count each of dealing in proceeds of unlawful activities, criminal solicitation, criminal conspiracy, unlawful delivery of a controlled substance, unlawful possession of a controlled substance, criminal use of a communication facility and failure to obey a stop sign.

Anthony J. Vega, 19, of Hazleton, Luzerne County, is charged with two counts of corrupt organizations and one count each of dealing in proceeds of unlawful activities, criminal solicitation, criminal conspiracy, unlawful delivery of a controlled substance, criminal use of a communication facility and unlawful possession of a controlled substance.

Erik Feliz, 22, of Hazleton, Luzerne County, is charged with two counts of corrupt organizations and one count each of dealing in proceeds of unlawful activities, criminal solicitation, criminal conspiracy, unlawful delivery of a controlled substance, criminal use of a communication facility and unlawful possession of a controlled substance.

Curtis L. Margle, 24, of Lehighton, Carbon County, is charged with two counts of corrupt organizations and one count each of dealing in proceeds of unlawful activities, criminal conspiracy, unlawful delivery of a controlled substance, criminal use of a communication facility and unlawful possession of a controlled substance.

Jason R. Wilk, 30, of Lehighton, Carbon County, is charged with two counts of corrupt organizations and one count each of dealing in proceeds of unlawful activities, criminal conspiracy, unlawful delivery of a controlled substance, criminal use of a communication facility and unlawful possession of a controlled substance.

Matteo Puddu, 26, of Jim Thorpe, Carbon County, is charged with two counts of corrupt organizations and one count each of dealing in proceeds of unlawful activities, criminal conspiracy and criminal use of a communication facility.

Cynthia Hippenstiel, 24, of Ramshaw, Northumberland County, is charged with two counts of corrupt organizations and one count each of dealing in proceeds of unlawful activities, criminal conspiracy, possession with intent to manufacture or deliver, criminal use of a communication facility and unlawful possession of a controlled substance.

Robert A. Fox, 58, of Quakertown, Bucks County, is charged with two counts of corrupt organizations and one count each of dealing in proceeds of unlawful activities, criminal conspiracy, possession with intent to manufacture or deliver, criminal use of a communication facility and unlawful possession of a controlled substance.

David Anthony Jr., 26, of Lehighton, Carbon County, is charged with two counts each of corrupt organizations and one count each of dealing in proceeds of unlawful activity, criminal conspiracy, unlawful delivery of a controlled substance, criminal use of a communication facility and unlawful possession of a controlled substance.

Brittaney M. Vincent, 20, of Lehighton, Carbon County, is charged with two counts of corrupt organizations and one count each of criminal conspiracy, unlawful delivery of a controlled substance, criminal use of a communication facility and unlawful possession of a controlled substance.
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