Pike County District Attorney Ray Tonkin announced the arrest of three Matamoras residents after a search warrant was served on a residence in Westfall Township.
The search warrant and arrests came after a lengthy investigation by the Pike County District Attorney’s Office Criminal Investigation Division and member agencies of the Pike County Drug Task Force.
Charged in the investigation are:
● Felix Carrion, 47, who is charged with the felony offenses of Possession of a Controlled Substance with intent to Deliver, Criminal Conspiracy to Possess a Controlled Substance with intent to Deliver, and Persons not to Possess a Firearm;
● Lauren Elliott, 52, who is charged with the felony offenses of Possession of a Controlled Substance with intent to Deliver, Criminal Conspiracy to Possess a Controlled Substance with intent to Deliver;
● Walter Valdivia, 37, who is charged with the felony offenses of Criminal Conspiracy to commit Persons not to Possess a Firearm, and the misdemeanor offenses of Possession of a Prohibited Offensive weapon, and Possession of Marijuana.
According to the criminal charges, investigators served a search warrant on the residence at 109 Deer Run Court in Westfall Township on April 29. In the residence investigators found approximately 3 ounces of cocaine, packaging materials, electronic scales, $2,680 in U.S. currency, a sawed-off 12-gauge shotgun, and some marijuana.
The charges indicate that Carrion was convicted three times previously of Delivery/Possession with intent to Deliver a controlled substance as felonies in Philadelphia. A person convicted of a felony drug offense is not permitted to possess a firearm.
The agencies taking part in the investigations and service of the search warrant were the Pike County District Attorney’s Office Criminal Investigation Division, the Eastern Pike Regional Police Department, the Pennsylvania State Police, the Pike County Sheriff’s Department and the Port Jervis Police Department.
Tonkin commended the law enforcement officers for continuing to investigate criminal drug activity during the COVID-19 pandemic. “As long as there are dangerous drug dealers infecting our community with dangerous drugs, the brave and determined members of law enforcement will be there to investigate and arrest them," he said. "The investigators and the uniformed officers showed tremendous courage and determination during these unprecedented times to put these drug dealers out of business.”