OC man among 23 charged in Beaver County drug sweep

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From staff reports

Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro announced Wednesday that 23 people, including an Oil City man, have been charged for selling heroin, cocaine and other drugs throughout Beaver County.

The Oil City man was identified in a press release from Shapiro as Charles Jones, 38, of West First Street.

Shapiro also said that a New Brighton man accused of selling fentanyl-laced drugs to two victims who died weeks apart of overdoses was also among those who were charged.

Robert “Juice” Goosby, Jr., 27, was charged with two counts of drug delivery resulting in death a tactic law enforcement is using to confront drug dealers amid the heroin and opioid epidemic ravaging Pennsylvania, Shapiro said.

“If you sell drugs and someone dies as a result, we’re coming after you and you’re going to jail,” Shapiro said at a press conference at the Beaver County Courthouse. “Selling fentanyl or heroin is like playing Russian roulette. You never know when the bullet is coming.”

Wednesday’s arrest is the first time the drug delivery resulting in death charge has been used by the Office of Attorney General in Beaver County. Other cases have been brought in Allegheny, Clarion, Montgomery, Somerset, Wayne and Westmoreland counties.

Beaver County has been one of the counties hardest hit by the heroin and opioid epidemic, with a 175 percent increase in overdose deaths in the last year, Shapiro said.

Shapiro’s news conference Wednesday in Beaver County kicked off a day-long series of events in four Pennsylvania counties. Shapiro also held meetings with local officials in Butler, Westmoreland and Cambria counties to hear their thoughts and concerns about the opioid epidemic in their communities.