The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


May 7, 2010

A look inside the Valley's heroin pipeline

Grand jury hears details of urban ties

LEWISBURG — A Philadelphia man who was the main supplier of a ring that distributed heroin throughout the Central Susquehanna and Lehigh valleys will face charges in Union County court stemming from the findings of a grand jury convened in Dauphin County more than two years ago.

Marcos Castillo, 24, known on the streets as "Bo Bo," according to the grand jury testimony of Pennsylvania State Police Det. William Neitz, will be formally arraigned at 9 a.m. Monday in Union County before Judge Michael H. Sholley.

Investigations revealed numerous individuals from the Central Susquehanna Valley were traveling to Reading, Allentown and Philadelphia to purchase large amounts of heroin throughout 2007. Court documents do not list the hometowns of most of those involved in the case.

The amount of heroin being purchased varied according to how much money the individual had, or whether he was buying only for himself or as a member of a group.

Castillo and Francisco Ayala provided the heroin in Philadelphia, according to police.

Spencer Etzler, Lewisburg, bought heroin from Castillo throughout 2007. Etzler stated Justin Boyer introduced him to Castillo and testified he was buying heroin every day, at one point as many as eight to nine bundles at $80 a bundle.

Etzler said he introduced a friend, Justin Herbster, to his heroin source in Philadelphia.

In summer 2007, Herbster was obtaining heroin only from Etzler, but eventually traveled with Etzler to Philadelphia about 20 times to obtain heroin.

Tinisha Williams and Jevin Whitmer were also buying heroin in Philadelphia and bringing it back to Lewisburg to sell, court documents state.

Many of the deals were set up by phone calls to either Ayala or Castillo.

A local link

Christina Jack also testified about her drug activities in Northumberland and Union counties, saying that she was addicted to heroin from 1999 to 2008, and that in a December 2008 drug deal she had a gun put to her head in Williamsport and decided to no longer use or sell drugs.

Jack said she began selling drugs in March 2007 and had connection to drug sources in her hometown of New York City.

She testified she began to bring heroin to Sunbury and sell it to Boyer, Travis Michael, Kyle Giering, Jesse Edison, Kurtis Voneida, Ryan Smith, Desirae Stevens, Matthew Boop, Zachary Cox, Alyssa Snyder, Tony Moist, Robert Fausey and Michael Lapaglia.

She claimed she had sold 10 bags of heroin, which is equal to a bundle, at $25 per bag or $200 per bundle.

Jack said she sold as many as five to six bundles a day, but was using a substantial amount for herself.

Jack moved to Trevorton in August 2008 and became associated with Stevens, who began providing heroin she obtained from Jack to Boyer, Edison and Smith.

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