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June 13, 2014

Four arrested after undercover drug investigation

NEW CASTLE — Four accused drug dealers are in jail after confidential informants allegedly made controlled buys from them.

The Lawrence County District Attorney’s office filed charges Thursday against Anthony Francis Gingras, 52, of 1002 Delaware Ave., Michael Patrick Roberts, 34, of 139 E. Leasure Ave., Paul Richard Robertson III, 32, of 216 Mulberry St., and Scott Anthony Ross, 27, of 710 Cleveland St. following an undercover investigation that spanned the past year.

The four were picked up in a sweep Thursday by members of the District Attorney’s Drug Task Force. They were arraigned by District Judge Melissa A. Amodie, who set bond for them at $50,000 each.

Agents are looking for two suspects who have not yet been charged.

Court papers indicate the drug purchases were made from the four individuals at various times during the past year.

Roberts’ and Robertson’s charges, filed by the Lawrence County District Attorney’s office, stem from an alleged exchange of $750 for 4.2 grams of heroin Aug. 22 on Park Avenue.

According to documents, Robertson and Roberts both arranged the deal on the phone with the confidential informant.

Roberts and Robertson each face one count of delivery of a controlled substance, criminal conspiracy to deliver a controlled substance, criminal use of a communication facility and possession of heroin.

Charges against Gingras stem from a controlled purchase of 17 Roxicodone tablets for $510 on Delaware Avenue July 17.

Gingras is charged with delivery of a controlled substance, criminal use of a communication facility and possession of a controlled substance.

Charges against Ross are in connection with three controlled purchases of Roxicodone tablets by the informant at prearranged locations May 29, June 3 and Sept. 16, all in 2013, according to court records.

The informant purchased a total of 39 Roxicodone tablets in the three alleged transactions, in exchange for a total of $1,170.

Ross faces two counts of delivery of a controlled substance and three counts each of criminal use of a communications facility and possession of a controlled substance.

The investigation was by the District Attorney’s Special Investigative Unit and the federal Drug Enforcement Administration.

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