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25 Allegedly Linked to Trafficking Prescription Pills

A drug probe resulted in 25 suspects being charged, including one from Broomall.

The following is a press release from the Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General. Any arrests or charges mentioned do not indicate guilt or conviction.

Agents from the Attorney General’s Bureau of Narcotics Investigation have filed criminal charges against 25 individuals allegedly linked to the trafficking of prescription pills, cocaine and marijuana in the greater Philadelphia area, including at least three dealers accused of selling prescription pills on and around university campuses in the region.

Attorney General Linda Kelly said the arrests are the result of an eight month long investigation involving drug trafficking in southeastern Pennsylvania. Evidence and testimony was presented before a statewide investigating grand jury, which recommended the criminal charges that were filed today.

The grand jury found that Thomas Donnelly, of Exton, was a central figure in the organization. Donnelly allegedly distributed powerful prescription pills and other drugs to numerous other dealers and buyers throughout Chester and Montgomery counties, along with Philadelphia and the state of Delaware.

Between September 2011 and March 2012 the investigation revealed that Donnelly and his associates distributed over 700 prescription pills, including OxyContin, Oxycodone and Xanax, along with cocaine and marijuana. The criminal enterprise allegedly generated a profit of $2,000 to $3,000 per week for Donnelly. 

Kelly said that Donnelly allegedly obtained the drugs from several main sources: Frank Allison, of Philadelphia; Luis Cubilette, of Philadelphia; Dimitrios Soublis, of Exton; and John Long, of West Chester.

According to the grand jury, Allison served as a source for prescription pills; Cubilette allegedly supplied pills, cocaine and marijuana; Soublis was a source for marijuana and Long occasionally provided prescription pills.

Locally, one Broomall resident was charged:

Thomas Best, 30, of 305 South Parkway, is charged with possession of a controlled substance and criminal use of a communication facility.

Kelly noted that the investigation into this drug organization initially began as an investigation by the West Chester Police Department into alleged cocaine sales by Thomas Donnelly in that community. The grand jury investigation also included a January 2012 traffic stop of Donnelly’s car by Pennsylvania State Police, which resulted in the discovery of prescription pills, cocaine, marijuana, cash and drug paraphernalia.

According to the grand jury, intercepted telephone calls and surveillance identified numerous individuals involved in the redistribution of drugs for Donnelly, including: Bradley White, Travas Quail-Murrey, Zachery Rosenn, Gregory Mina, Damean Robinson, John Griffy, Michael Anton Warren, Brent Biddle, Brandon Jones and Andre Carter.

Kelly said that intercepted phone calls and grand jury testimony indicated that Donnelly would use these dealers to redistribute drugs to various customers, making arrangements regarding price and delivery method depending on his personal relationship with each dealer.

The grand jury found that three of the dealers linked to the Donnelly organization were involved in the sale of drugs on or around various university campuses. 

Zachery Rosenn allegedly ordered bulk quantities of prescription pills for resale on the West Chester University campus; Dominique Simmons, of Philadelphia, was allegedly involved in the sale of pills at Cheney University; and Roman Shekhtman, of Huntingdon Valley, was allegedly involved in the sale of pills on the campus of Temple University. During the course of the investigation, all three allegedly conducted on-campus drug sales to confidential informants or undercover agents.  

Kelly said that others linked to the organization, including Christina Bannister and Hayley Ninnis, allegedly drove Donnelly to various drug transactions in exchange for cash, gas money and/or marijuana.

Investigators also identified six other individuals who allegedly purchased drugs from Donnelly for their own personal use, including Best, Mark Mitchell, Charles Proctor, Chris Giuliano, Ryan Brennan and Ryan Filiaggi.

The criminal charges were filed Wednesday before West Chester Magisterial District Judge Mark Bruno.

The defendants will be prosecuted in Chester County by Chief Deputy Attorney General Andrew M. Rongaus and Deputy Attorney General Katherine Corbett Gibson of the Attorney General’s Drug Strike Force Section.

Kelly thanked Chester County District Attorney Tom Hogan and the Chester County District Attorney’s Office, Chester County High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA), Pennsylvania State Police, West Chester Police Department, West Goshen Police Department, Westtown East Goshen Regional Police Department, Coatesville PD, East Whiteland Township PD, Philadelphia Police Department, U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (Philadelphia Office), West Chester University Police and Cheney University Police for their cooperation and assistance with this investigation.

Below is a list of the defendants and the charges filed against them:

Thomas Donnelly, 33, 341 Kidwelly Court, Exton, is charged with participating in a corrupt organization; possession and possession with intent to deliver cocaine; possession and possession with intent to deliver Oxycodone; possession and possession with intent to deliver marijuana; criminal conspiracy; criminal use of a communication facility; dealing in unlawful proceeds and violations of the uniform firearms act.

Frank Allison, 46, 1808 South 28th St., Philadelphia, is charged with participating in a corrupt organization; possession and possession with intent to deliver Oxycodone; criminal conspiracy; criminal use of a communication facility and dealing in unlawful proceeds.

Luis Cubilette, 30, 3012 McKinley St., Philadelphia, is charged with participating in a corrupt organization; possession and possession with intent to deliver cocaine; possession and possession with intent to deliver Oxycodone; possession and possession with intent to deliver marijuana; criminal conspiracy; criminal use of a communication facility and dealing in unlawful proceeds.

Dimitrios Soublis, 32, 103 Bridle Lane, Exton, is charged with participating in a corrupt organization; possession and possession with intent to deliver marijuana; criminal conspiracy; criminal use of a communication facility and dealing in unlawful proceeds.

John Long, 615 Downingtown Pike, West Chester, is charged with possession and possession with intent to deliver Oxycodone; criminal conspiracy; criminal use of a communication facility and dealing in unlawful proceeds.

Zachary Rosenn, 21, 2270 Jefferson Lane, Huntingdon Valley, is charged with participating in a corrupt organization; possession and possession with intent to deliver Oxycodone; criminal conspiracy; criminal use of a communication facility and dealing in unlawful proceeds.

Brent Biddle, 38, 65 Foxview Road, Honey Brook, is charged with participating in a corrupt organization; possession and possession with intent to deliver cocaine; possession and possession with intent to deliver marijuana; criminal conspiracy and criminal use of a communication facility.

Andre Carter, of Wilmington, Delaware, is charged with participating in a corrupt organization; possession and possession with intent to deliver marijuana; criminal conspiracy; criminal use of a communication facility and dealing in unlawful proceeds.

John Griffy, 27, 75 West Lancaster Ave., Downingtown, is charged with participating in a corrupt organization; possession and possession with intent to deliver cocaine; possession and possession with intent to deliver Oxycodone; possession and possession with intent to deliver marijuana; criminal conspiracy; criminal use of a communication facility and dealing in unlawful proceeds.

Brandon Jones, 29, 25 South High St., West Chester, is charged with participating in a corrupt organization; possession and possession with intent to deliver Oxycodone; criminal conspiracy; criminal use of a communication facility and dealing in unlawful proceeds.

Gregory Mina, 24, 287 Cotswold Lane, West Chester, is charged with participating in a corrupt organization; possession and possession with intent to deliver cocaine; possession and possession with intent to deliver Oxycodone; possession and possession with intent to deliver marijuana; criminal conspiracy; criminal use of a communication facility and dealing in unlawful proceeds.

Travas Quail-Murrey, 22, 146 Weedon Court, West Chester, is charged with participating in a corrupt organization; possession and possession with intent to deliver cocaine; possession and possession with intent to deliver Oxycodone; possession and possession with intent to deliver marijuana; criminal conspiracy; criminal use of a communication facility and dealing in unlawful proceeds.

Damean Robinson, 34, 601 Downingtown Pike, West Chester, is charged with participating in a corrupt organization; possession and possession with intent to deliver cocaine; possession and possession with intent to deliver Oxycodone; possession and possession with intent to deliver marijuana; criminal conspiracy; criminal use of a communication facility and dealing in unlawful proceeds.

Michael Antwon Warren, 33, 2 Ingleside Drive, Thorndale, is charged with participating in a corrupt organization; possession and possession with intent to deliver cocaine; possession and possession with intent to deliver Oxycodone; criminal conspiracy; criminal use of a communication facility and dealing in unlawful proceeds.

Bradley White, 22, 944 Elmwood Ave., West Chester, is charged with participating in a corrupt organization; possession and possession with intent to deliver cocaine; criminal conspiracy and dealing in unlawful proceeds.

Roman Shekhtman, 22, 151 Roy Lane, Huntingdon Valley, is charged with possession and possession with intent to deliver Oxycodone; criminal use of a communication facility and dealing in unlawful proceeds.

Dominique Simmons, 20, 141 Durham St., Philadelphia, is charged with possession and possession with intent to deliver Oxycodone; criminal conspiracy; criminal use of a communication facility and dealing in unlawful proceeds.

Christina Bannister, 22, 480 Cassatt Court, West Chester, is charged with participating in a corrupt organization; possession and possession with intent to deliver Oxycodone; criminal conspiracy; criminal use of a communication facility; dealing in unlawful proceeds and false reports to law enforcement authorities.

Hayley Ninnis, 32, 826 Jefferson Way, West Chester, is charged with participating in a corrupt organization; criminal conspiracy; criminal use of a communication facility and dealing in unlawful proceeds.

Thomas Best, 30, 305 South Parkway, Broomall, is charged with possession of a controlled substance and criminal use of a communication facility.

Ryan Brennan, 29, 1009 Ridgewood Lane, West Chester, is charged possession of a controlled substance and criminal use of a communication facility.

Ryan Filiaggi, 31, 105 Bellevue Road, Coatesville, is charged with possession of a controlled substance and criminal use of a communication facility.

Chris Giuliano, 35, 11 Cherry St., Downingtown, is charged possession of a controlled substance and criminal use of a communication facility.

Mark Mitchell, 42, 1136 Stirling St., Coatesville, is charged with possession of a controlled substance and criminal use of a communication facility.

Charles Proctor, 28, 5200 Hilltop Drive, Brookhaven, is charged with possession of a controlled substance and criminal use of a communication facility.

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