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Drug bust nets 410 packets of heroin

Suspect admits to transporting more than 420 packets a week

LARRY DEKLINSKI/STAFF PHOTO Hundreds of packets of heroin, thousands of dollars in cash and other evidence is shown at the Shamokin Police Department following a bust Tuesday afternoon. Two people were arrested and face numerous felony charges.

LARRY DEKLINSKI/STAFF PHOTO Hundreds of packets of heroin, thousands of dollars in cash and other evidence is shown at the Shamokin Police Department following a bust Tuesday afternoon. Two people were arrested and face numerous felony charges.

SHAMOKIN — Two men are facing numerous charges after a drug bust Tuesday that netted 410 packets of heroin and thousands of dollars of cash.

Brian Villari, 29, of 19 E. Independence St., Apt. 1, and Tyler Tehansky, 29, of Shamokin, are each charged with felonies of manufacture, delivery or possession with intent to distribute; criminal conspiracy and criminal use of a communications facility, and misdemeanors of possession with intent to use drug paraphernalia and unauthorized possession of a counterfeit substance.

Villari admitted to officers that he imports 30 to 40 bundles (420 to 560 packets) of heroin each week from Kensington, near Philadelphia, and pays his driver with the drug. He stated he purchases heroin for $60 a bundle and sells it for around $10 per packet, for a total of $140. 

According to an affidavit of probable cause, at 2:36 p.m. Tuesday the Shamokin Police Department, assisted by the Northumberland County Adult Probation Office, served a search warrant at 19 E. Independence St., Apt. 1. Officers knocked on the door, which was opened by Villari. After an officer stated they had

Shamokin Patrolman Scott Weaver escorts Brian Villari into the Shamokin Police Department following a drug bust Tuesday afternoon.

Shamokin Patrolman Scott Weaver escorts Brian Villari into the Shamokin Police Department following a drug bust Tuesday afternoon.

a search warrant, Villari turned and walked back into the apartment in an effort to elude police.

Officers located numerous used blue packets of heroin on a living room table that were in plain view. Additional drug paraphernalia, including straws and a razor, were also on the table.

Officers searched Villari and Tehansky.

Chief Darwin Tobias III found $2,315 and a cell phone on Villari’s person.

Patrolman Raymond Siko II found $1,432.86, a cell phone and three packets of heroin stamped “messenger” on Tehansky’s person.

Cpl. Jarrod Scandle read Tehansky his Miranda warning. Tehansky told Scandle he understand, then admitted he used 10 to 12 bags of heroin a day and that he buys the drug from Villari for $5 a packet. Tehansky then requested an attorney.

A search of the apartment uncovered used packets of heroin, straws used to inject heroin, $268 on a living room table, a money-counting machine, a .22-caliber long rifle and 407 blue packets of heroin stamped “messenger” that were contained in a while plastic bag marked “Ross,” which was found partially under a couch in a living room.

Villari and

LARRY DEKLINSKI/STAFF PHOTOS Shamokin Chief of Police Darwin Tobias III escorts Tyler Tehansky into the Shamokin Police Department following a drug bust Tuesday afternoon. Hundreds of packets of heroin and thousands of dollars cash were taken as evidence.

LARRY DEKLINSKI/STAFF PHOTOS Shamokin Chief of Police Darwin Tobias III escorts Tyler Tehansky into the Shamokin Police Department following a drug bust Tuesday afternoon. Hundreds of packets of heroin and thousands of dollars cash were taken as evidence.

Tehansky were both committed on $75,000 cash bail following a video arraignment by District Judge John Gembic III.

According to a search warrant signed by Gembic earlier Tuesday, a confidential informant advised police Monday that Villari intended to distribute heroin from his apartment at 19 E. Independence St. and that he purchased six packets of heroin for $120 from Villari from his apartment. He added that Villari has a “consistent supply” of the drug at his resident and is a dealer.

The informant grated police permission to view text messages on his phone to confirm purchases from Villari on Monday and the previous few days.

Information that Villari was a drug dealer was corroborated by an additional source, who told police in November that Villari keeps a constant supply of heroin and sells the drug from his residence. The additional source was also present on numerous occasions when Villari was selling heroin, the warrant stated. 

In October and November, officers also conducted surveillance of Villari’s apartment. Officers viewed numerous known users of heroin come to the address and leave after a short time, which is consisted with drug sales, the warrant stated.