16 charged in area meth trafficking operation

Sixteen people, including four from Titusville, were implicated on drug charges in a nine-count indictment unsealed Thursday by an Erie federal court.

The indictment alleges that the 15 Pennsylvania residents and one Ohio man took part in a drug trafficking organization that was based at a Grand Valley property in Warren County known as “the Farm” and in Titusville.

U.S. Attorney Scott W. Brady said at a press conference in Erie on Thursday that the organization delivered methamphetamine from Akron, Ohio, and Erie to Venango, Crawford and Warren counties from at least June 2018 to February of this year.

The defendants in the indictment are:

– Carina Elizabeth Tucker, 31, Titusville

– Anthony James Stufflebeam, 33, Titusville; currently incarcerated at SCI Albion

– Rusty Jay Bingman, 45, Titusville

– Kimberly Ann Gesin, 43, Titusville

– Kevin John Frederick, 43, Townville

– Cody Tobias Greeley, 24, Tidioute

– Kevin Wayne Huet, 31, Grand Valley

– Gale Arthur Flick Jr., 47, Garland

– Scott Christopher Schreckengost, 42, Spartansburg

– Trevor Allen McGarvie, 23, Saegertown; currently incarcerated at SCI Mercer

– Sarah Umanita Bloom, 29, Saegertown; currently incarcerated at SCI Muncy

– Stephanie Ann Bryan, 29, Butler

– Charles John Vanderhoff, 36, Akron, Ohio

– Tedra Mae McGarvie, 40, address unknown

– Nicholas James Barnes, 27, address unknown

– Brandi Marie Hanna, 31, address unknown

Brady said at the press conference that Tucker and her boyfriend, Flick, would travel to Akron three to four times a week to pick up the methamphetamine. He said the pair would stop at Bingman’s residence in Titusville on their way back to “the Farm,” where they would “repackage” the drug for distribution.

Brady added that six to nine people, who he called members of the “upper echelon” of the organization, would stay at the farm at one time.

The indictment alleges that Tucker, Flick, Bingman and Stufflebeam all “maintained premises for the purpose of manufacturing, repackaging and distributing the methamphetamine.”

Brady said the methamphetamine production and distribution in the area is no longer a homemade or “one pot” operation that can be dismantled by a single arrest.

“Now most of the meth we see in western Pennsylvania is Mexican cartel meth,” Brady said. “This meth is pure, it’s potent, it’s abundant and it’s cheap.”

In addition to the group’s drug trafficking, Brady said the organization has been linked to “increasing acts of violence in this region,” and labeled one of the defendants, Huet, as an “enforcer” for the organization.

He said members of the Tucker-Flick network had vandalized vehicles, fired guns toward residences and threatened people at gunpoint.

Brady said some of the defendants named in the indictment are incarcerated in state prisons and another nine were captured and arrested Wednesday in a multi-agency sweep.

“We are going right to the source to stop these drug trafficking networks in their tracks and prevent them from putting methamphetamine and other dangerous drugs on the streets of our communities,” said Brady.