Alleged High-Level Coke Dealers Charged

Ron Wilshire

Ron Wilshire

Published October 12, 2012 3:59 am
Alleged High-Level Coke Dealers Charged

 width=CLARION, Pa. – A year-long investigation into cocaine trafficking in the Clarion area has led to the arrest of two Clarion Borough men considered by law enforcement to be some of the highest level cocaine dealers in Clarion.

Robert W. Schierberel, of 195 S. 7th Avenue, and Christopher L. Murphy, of 154 Liberty Street, were taken into custody last week.  An arrest warrant has also been issued for Edward Perez, Jr., with a last-known address of Main Street, Clarion.

The investigation was led by Chief County Detective, William Peck, IV, of the Clarion Narcotics Enforcement Team [CNET] and Trooper Jared Thomas of the Pennsylvania State Police, Troop C Vice Unit.  Agents of the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Office and the Clarion Borough Police Department also assisted in the investigation.

“Cocaine use is still very prevalent in Clarion County and it seems to be popular among a different socioeconomic group than we usually deal with in heroin and suboxone cases,” Clarion County District Attorney Mark Aaron told ExploreClarion.Com Thursday morning.  “This investigation is ongoing, but obviously we are continuing to look at the other drugs that are being abused in Clarion such as heroin, suboxone and marijuana.”

Police have filed five separate criminal complaints against Schierberel alleging that he was a high-level cocaine trafficker who utilized Murphy and others to distribute large quantities of cocaine primarily from bars in Clarion Borough.  Police allege that Schierberel operated from a garage / office located behind his residence, with Murphy and others obtaining cocaine from him for distribution.

When confronted by Peck and Thomas prior to his arrest, Schierberel allegedly surrendered two ounces of cocaine, a large quantity of U.S. currency, scales, and packaging material used to sell cocaine. Schierberel has been charged with felony possession with intent to deliver cocaine, simple possession, criminal conspiracy to distribute cocaine, and felony criminal use of communication facility.  The criminal use of a communication facility charge is based on Schierberel’s alleged use of a cell phone to distribute cocaine.

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Schierberel (left) and Murphy (right).

Five separate criminal complaints have also been filed against Murphy, charging him with felony possession with intent to deliver cocaine, simple possession, criminal conspiracy to distribute cocaine, and felony criminal use of communication facility.  Police allege that on five separate occasions Murphy distributed cocaine he obtained from Schierberel to State Police confidential informants.

Perez has been charged with one count of felony possession with intent to deliver cocaine, simple possession, criminal conspiracy to distribute cocaine, and felony criminal use of communication facility.  Perez remains at large.  Anyone with information about his whereabouts is asked to contact Clarion Borough Police at (814) 226-9140.

“These arrests were the result of state and local law enforcement agencies working together with the common goal taking drug dealers and the poison they distribute off the streets of Clarion County,” said Aaron.  “By working together these officers have ended one of the largest cocaine distribution networks in Clarion County.”   Aaron also stated that the investigation into the Clarion cocaine distribution ring is ongoing and more arrests are possible in the future.”

 

 


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