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Two Sentenced for Involvement in a Carlisle Cocaine Distribution Operation

U.S. Attorney’s Office August 13, 2012
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The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that two major figures involved in a cocaine distribution operation in Carlisle were sentenced.

Gary Stackfield, age 59, and Charles Green, age 55, were sentenced by United States District Court Senior Judge Sylvia Rambo. On August 1, Judge Rambo sentenced Stackfield to an 84 month-term of imprisonment, four years of supervised release, and a $1,000 fine. On August 6, Green was sentenced to two years’ imprisonment, three years of supervised release, and a $300 fine.

According to United States Attorney Peter J. Smith, in June 2011, 19 Carlisle residents and one individual from Temple Hills, Maryland, were charged with conspiracy to distribute cocaine, unlawful distribution of at least 500 grams of cocaine, and using the telephone and cell phones to commit those crimes.

The evidence established that Gary Stackfield distributed over eight kilograms of cocaine that was supplied to him by co-defendant Kevin Pearson between May 2010 through June 2011. Pearson supplied Gary Stackfield with cocaine that would then be distributed to and by the other named defendants. Transactions would be routinely set up through the use of a telephone or cell phone. The individuals charged include:

  • Justin Thompson: Pleaded guilty, awaiting sentencing;
  • Aunye Stackfield: Sentenced to 15 months’ imprisonment, one year supervised release, $300 fine;
  • Demarao Gumby: Pleaded guilty, awaiting sentencing;
  • John Mowery: Pleaded guilty, awaiting sentencing;
  • Korey Wooten: Pleaded guilty, awaiting sentencing;
  • Heather Middleton: Sentenced to nine months’ imprisonment, one year supervised release;
  • Nick Vrataric: Pleaded guilty, awaiting sentencing;
  • Charles Green: Sentenced to 24 months’ imprisonment, three years’ supervised release, and a $300 fine;
  • Starlene Middleton: Pleaded guilty, awaiting sentencing;
  • Michael Konetsco: Sentenced to two years’ probation; and
  • Kevin Pearson: Sentenced to 87 months’ imprisonment, four years’ supervised release.

The following individuals originally charged as part of the federal indictment have pleaded guilty in the Cumberland County Court of Common Pleas to a charge of simple possession of cocaine: Walter James Fickes, Roy Singer, Robert Wesley Green, Bernadette Green, Arnold Ashwell, John Zaengle, Joseph Mowery, and Daniel Hocker. All were sentenced to a probation with the exception of Ashwell, who was sentenced to six months’ imprisonment.

The case was the result of a coordinated investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration’s Harrisburg Resident Office; the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Harrisburg Resident Agency; the Harrisburg Office of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives; the Pennsylvania State Police; the Cumberland County District Attorney’s Office; the Cumberland County Drug Task Force; and the Carlisle Police Department. Prosecution of these cases is assigned to Assistant United States Attorney William A. Behe, who is assigned to the U.S. Attorney’s Office’s Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force.