Woman charged with drug dealing

| 29 Sep 2011 | 08:28

MILFORD - Pike County District Attorney Doug Jacobs announced the April 8 arrest of a weekend resident for selling cocaine. On Saturday, detectives from the Pike County District Attorney’s Office arrested Deborah J. Baranello, 48, of New City, N.Y. and Milford, for selling cocaine on Log Tavern Road in Dingman Township, Pike County. That same day, detectives of the District Attorney’s Office, and members of the Pike County Drug Task Force served a search warrant on a residence on Log Tavern Road in Dingman Township. Inside the residence detectives discovered 55 bags of cocaine, cocaine not yet packaged for sale, a scale and other drug paraphernalia used to package cocaine for distribution. Detectives also found numerous prescription pills, and over $400 in cash. First Assistant District Attorney Raymond J. Tonkin said a month long investigation led detectives to make an application for a search warrant of the residence and the arrest of Baranello. Tonkin thanked the Pennsylvania State Police for their assistance in the investigation. Baranello was arrested on an arrest warrant issued by Magisterial District Judge Stephen McBride. She is charged with the felony charges of delivery of a controlled substance and possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance. Baranello is also charged with the misdemeanor charge of possession of a controlled substance. Baranello was remanded to the Pike County Correctional Facility in lieu of $ 75,000.00 bail. Tonkin expected detectives to file additional charges after a review of the evidence obtained pursuant to the search warrant. Baranello will face a hearing on the charges before Magisterial District Judge Alan B. Cooper. Authorities ask that anyone with information about persons selling drugs in Pike County is asked to call the Pike County Detective Bureau at the District Attorney’s Office at 570-296-3482. All calls will be kept confidential.