AG Shapiro announces closure of multi-state drug ring

By Steve Pope | January 8, 2019

A major crystal meth pipeline was shut down and criminal charges filed against Clearfield County drug dealers and an Akron, Ohio resident for their roles in the ring.

Authorities estimated the street value of all of the crystal meth, cocaine and other drugs distributed by the ring  to be $1.5 million. That includes 10,000 grams of crystal meth – equal to 50 to 100 doses of crystal meth being used every week.

The charges which were announced Tuesday  by Attorney General Shapiro were recommended by a statewide grand jury.

James Thomas, 49, of Akron, Ohio, sold selling crystal methamphetamine, cocaine and other drugs to Sondra McQuillen, according to court documents. McQuillen then sold the drugs in Clearfield County. He is charged with two counts of corrupt organizations and 12 counts of possession with intent to deliver.

Sondra McQuillen, 53, of Sanborn Road, Houtzdale, is charged with nine counts of possession with intent to deliver and six counts of other related charges after investigators found drugs, drug paraphernalia and a scale often used by drug dealers at the defendant’s residence.

Authorities found 31-year-old Kenneth Quade of, Houtzdale, inside McQuillen’s residence at the time the search warrant was executed. Quade is charged with delivery and conspiracy to deliver.

“The illegal distribution of drugs is fueling an epidemic across Pennsylvania,” Attorney General Josh Shapiro said at today’s press conference. “Crystal meth trafficking is on the rise, particularly in rural parts of our Commonwealth, and our agents and prosecutors will investigate and charge it wherever we find it. I’m proud to announce that the Akron, Ohio to Clearfield, Pennsylvania crystal meth pipeline has been shut down.”

McQuillen and two others were charged in September with selling crystal meth, cocaine and other drugs. Those charges are still pending.

All of the defendants face preliminary hearings scheduled for later this month.

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