The arrests of seven people in connection with an ongoing investigation into drug trafficking in the village of Walton were announced Tuesday by Delaware deputies.
The investigation, which includes surveillance and undercover drug buys, is part of an ongoing effort to arrest and prosecute individuals involved in the distribution of illegal drugs in the county. The investigation is ongoing, said Undersheriff Craig DuMond, and more arrests are anticipated.
“It’s a problem we are working day and night to address.” In most cases, the specific amount of drugs involved in each arrest was not available Tuesday, but DuMond said they are not low level dealers.
The arrests of the Walton residents followed issuance of sealed indictment warrant by Delaware County Court. Most were made Nov. 30. They were arraigned Monday.
Edna Cering, 30, was charged with fourth-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance, a class C felony, for an incident that occurred Nov. 26 involving Suboxone, a drug used to treat opiate addiction. She was remanded to jail without bail.
Robin Jordan, 25, was charged with fourth-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance for an incident that occurred Nov. 5 involving Hydrocodone. She was jailed on $25,000 bail.
Ryan McGovern, 27, was arraigned on three counts of third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance for incidents involving heroin Oct. 24, 26, and Nov. 3. She was remanded without bail.
Frank Mastrorocco, 23, was arrested on three counts of third-degree criminal sale of marijuana, class E felonies, for selling more than 25 grams on each incident that occurred Oct. 16, 18 and 31. Bail was set at $10,000.
Brittany Bakker, 21, was arrested on two counts of third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance for incidents Oct. 11, and 14 involving heroin.
On Monday, Chris Pashley, 30, and Kimberly Pashley-Johns, 29, were arrested as co-defendants on a count of third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance, for an incident that occurred Sept. 29 involving heroin. Pashley was held without bail and Johns was remanded on $25,000 bail.
“The public is our partner in identifying and stopping this problem,” DuMond said. “We encourage people to call” if they suspect drug-related or any other crime.