Million dollar methamphetamine ring broken up in Lehigh Valley
Six suspected drug dealers are under arrest or are being sought in connection with a million dollar drug ring that operated in the Lehigh Valley, officials announced Wednesday.
Attorney General Linda Kelly said six men were identified as the main distributors in a crystal methamphetamine ring that operated in and around Lehigh and Northampton counties.
The suspects were identified as Anthony "Skinny" Serratore, 35, of Bethlehem; Johnny "Amigo" Constanza, 48, of Allentown; Edward Pope, 34, of Easton; Michael Corby, 43, of Wind Gap, Northampton Co.; Robert Thornton, 28, of Bethlehem; and William Lavenburg, 35, of Wind Gap.
Agents developed information about the alleged drug organization through undercover drug purchases, controlled buys and search warrants, said Kelly, who estimated the organization was able to distribute as much as a pound of crystal methamphetamine a week, with an estimated street value of $90,000.
According to the grand jury, Lavenburg, Corby and Pope were Serratore’s main crystal methamphetamine customers. Corby was identified as Serratore’s largest customer and allegedly bought crystal methamphetamine from Serratore on a weekly basis, buying seven to 10 ounces at a time.
Agents said they believe Corby, Pope and Lavenburg were not only using the crystal methamphetamine for personal use, but also redistributing the drugs to other lower-level dealers in the Lehigh Valley area.
Over the course of the investigation, agents said they seized about a half-pound of crystal methamphetamine, $26,000 in cash, and 12 firearms.
The investigation is continuing said Kelly, who anticipates more arrests being made.
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