‘They’re everywhere’: Dauphin Co. DA warns parents after suburban drug arrests

LOWER PAXTON TOWNSHIP, Pa. (WHTM) – Six people face felony charges this week after police say they sold drugs in Lower Paxton Township.

At the Dauphin County Courthouse Friday, district attorney Ed Marsico called it a concerted effort.

“We’ve been targeting, specifically, heroin dealers as well as dealers dealing in pills,” he said.

It’s part of a push to stop the opiate epidemic from spreading any farther. The charges all came this week, through cooperation between the Lower Paxton Township Police Department and the Dauphin County Drug Task Force.

“Our goal was just to disrupt the supply chain in these areas,” Marsico said.

The six don’t represent big players in the drug trade, he went on, but three were charged for heroin and one for pills.

Nicole Sheetz, 21, of West Hanover Twp.; Bethany Lepperd, 24, of Susquehanna Twp. (who had not been arrested Friday afternoon); and Joseph Stark, 20, of Enola all face charges of delivery of heroin.

David Roller, Jr., 35, of Steelton is charged with delivery of pills.

Joshua Frye, 25, of Lower Paxton Twp. faces a delivery of marijuana charge; and Amber Lee Maben, 24, of Lower Paxton Twp. faces a delivery of cocaine charge.

And it’s where they’re suspected of selling drugs that has the county DA warning parents.

“These dealers were operating not in the city of Harrisburg but in suburban Lower Paxton Township,” Marsico said. “And it’s important to know that these drugs are insidious. They’re everywhere. As are the drug traffickers, because when there’s a buck to be made, they’re going to go to make it.”

He said every break in the supply chain is important to help stop the flow of drugs. The two-month investigation isn’t over, he added, and more arrests might follow.

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