Major heroin bust in Barrett Township
May 20, 2013
On Friday, Drug Task Force members executed a search warrant on the Barrett Township home of Vincent Amatrudi, 40, and his girlfriend, Nicole Vanwhy, 22. The search warrant was the culmination of a several month long investigation into a heroin trafficking operation.
During the search warrant, Drug Task Force members seized 30 "bricks" (1,500 bags) of heroin with a street value of approximately $30,000, two loaded handguns, a bulletproof vest, and $5,000 in U.S. currency.
Amatrudi and Vanwhy were both charged with numerous drug offenses, and incarcerated in the Monroe County Correctional Facility. A third individual, Bryn Stevenson, was located in the residence as well, and will face charges of possessing drug paraphernalia.
3,500 bags of heroin, two men arrested in Smithfield Twp.
May 20, 2013
Three thousand five hundred (3,500) bags of heroin are off the streets of Monroe County after a Thursday night bust in Smithfield Township.
Drug Task Force members received information that Ruark Lewis and David Walker, both “Bloods” street gang members, were going to be transporting a large amount of heroin from Newark, New Jersey to the Poconos on Thursday night.
Lewis and Walker were located near the Paramount Motel on Route 209 in Smithfield Township. A search of their vehicle revealed 70 "bricks" of heroin and several vials of crack cocaine, a total street value in excess of $70,000.
Local businessman convicted of dealing Meth
May 10, 2013
James Michael Bidwell, the former owner of Christian Waste Services in Mount Pocono, was convicted in Monroe County Court of Common Pleas on charges of trafficking in methamphetamine.
Charges arose from the November 18, 2010 traffic stop of Bidwell’s tractor-trailer conducted by Corporal Matthew Nero of the Pocono Mountain Regional Police Department in Tobyhanna Township. A search of the truck revealed 3.5 grams of methamphetamine.
Judge Stephen Higgins, who presided over the trial, set Bidwell’s sentencing for July 11, 2013.
Pocono Summit man arrested for marijuana, cheating drug test
May 9, 2013
Tyler Decamp, 20, of Pocono Summit has been arrested by the Monroe County Office of the District Attorney's Detective Unit in connection with trying to cheat a probation drug test.
Probation Officers discovered Decamp concealing a "Whizzinator", which is a device used to conceal and transport drug-free urine to avoid discovery of drugs in someone's urine.
Decamp is currently incarcerated in the Monroe County Correctional Facility on a probation violation, and will appear in front of Magisterial District Judge Kristina Anzini on a future date.