News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 2, 2007
Contact: William Hocker
Special Agent
Number: (215) 861-3436

Federal, State and Local Officials Announce the Indictment of 14 Defendants in an Alleged Williamsport Drug Ring

OCT 2 -- (OCTOBER 03, 2007, PHILADELPHIA) – DEA Acting Special Agent in Charge (A/SAC) Barbra M. Roach, announced today that a number of individuals have been indicted following the return of a multi-count indictment. Those individuals are:

SEAN BEST, A/K/A, “SHIZ”;
REYNE ERB;
LEANIKA Z. JOHNSON, A/K/A, “POOKIE”;
TAURANCE JOHNSON, A/K/A, “SIX”;
RAMON MCCRAY, A/K/A, “D”;
JEFFREY MITCHELL, A/K/A, “TYREEK”;
DOROTHY ROBINSON, A/K/A, “DOROTHY JOHNSON,” AND “MAE-MAE”;
JAMES ROSS;
EARL SAMPSON; and
KAMILAH SHORT;

The indictment, which was partially unsealed today with the arrest of ten of the defendants, alleges the individuals named above were involved in the unlawful possession and distribution of crack and cocaine; criminal conspiracy and the distribution of crack and cocaine within 1000 feet of playgrounds and homes owned by the public housing authority and that these illegal activities began in January 2003 and the use of firearms in furtherance of their drug trafficking.

Specifically, the indictment alleges that these individuals distributed five or more grams of crack and 500 or more grams of cocaine in an around the Williamsport area.

The indictment further alleges that those indicted would travel from Lycoming County, Pennsylvania, to Florida, Alabama and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to obtain crack and cocaine and use firearms to further their drug trafficking.

Recovered during the arrest of the defendants and during the execution of the search warrants are quantities of crack cocaine, cocaine and marijuana and three handguns.

If convicted of these offenses the defendants face a minimum of 5 years up to 80 years.

According to Acting SAC Roach, “Justice was served today; this significant investigation resulted in the dismantlement of a major violent drug trafficking organization. It was shown through this case that joint agency cooperation proved highly effective in attacking this violent drug organization. The Williamsport community will be safer because of this cooperative law enforcement effort”.