Police arrest 25 for dealing drugs in Harrisburg area

HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – More than two dozen people have been arrested for dealing illegal drugs in Harrisburg and its surrounding communities.

Attorney General Josh Shapiro said Tuesday’s arrests followed a 7-month investigation that involved undercover buys of heroin, fentanyl, cocaine, crack cocaine, methamphetamine, ecstasy, and prescription pills.

Police also seized 17 guns and more than $18,000 in cash. Four young children were found inside one of the homes raided early Tuesday morning on Luce Street.

“I feel so bad for the children, because they’re subjected to that kind of behavior,” said Vikki Zechman, whose brother has lived on Luce Street for 19 years. “I’ve seen a lot of neighborhoods going downhill. There are still a lot of nice people living on this street, though.”

Shapiro said his office worked with various state, county and local law enforcement agencies to make the arrests; including police departments in Middletown, Steelton, Lower Paxton Township, and Susquehanna Township.

He identified the suspects as:

– Anton Bland, 41, of Steelton;

– James Carr, 28, of Harrisburg;

– Kurt Cheatham, 36, of Harrisburg;

– Shawn Davenport, 30, of Harrisburg;

– Matthew DePasquale, 35, of Marysville;

– Kevin Ellison, 40, of Middletown;

– Robert Fleming, 32, of Harrisburg;

– Eric Henry, 26, of Harrisburg;

– Kaseem Ingram, 27, of Harrisburg;

– Jaleel Jackson, 20, of Harrisburg;

– Bobby Johnson, 39, of Harrisburg;

– Anthony Maldonado, 27, of Harrisburg;

– Emerson Miller, 31, of Harrisburg;

– Tristan Nicholsan, 32, of Harrisburg;

– Kevin Payne, 54, of Harrisburg;

– James Pierce, 30, of Harrisburg;

– Robert Roberts, 54, of Steelton;

– Jeffrey Simpson, 27, of Harrisburg;

– Dwayne Tennant, 56, of Harrisburg;

– Orlando Twyford, 55, of Harrisburg;

– Lavar Williams, 28, of Harrisburg;

– Corday Willis, 24, of Harrisburg;

– Andrew Wood, 43, of Harrisburg;

– Kenyatta Wright, 25, of Harrisburg; and

– Antoine Yeiser, 27, of Harrisburg.

Row 1, from left: Anton Bland, James Carr, Kurt Cheatham, Shawn Davenport, Matthew DePasquale. Row 2: Kevin Ellison, Robert Fleming, Eric Henry, Kaseem Ingram, Jaleel Jackson. Row 3: Bobby Johnson, Anthony Maldonado, Emerson Miller, Tristan Nicholsan, Kevin Payne. Row 4: James Pierce, Robert Roberts, Jeffrey Simpson, Dwayne Tennant, Orlando Twyford. Row 5: Lavar Williams, Corday Willis, Andrew Wood, Kenyatta Wright, Antoine Yeiser.

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