Tioga County resident arrested in federal drug case

Federal prosecutors say six residents of Tioga County are among nine defendants arrested in a major drug seizure.

Authorities say David Wemmer, 51, Jennifer Patton, 40, Brandon Vanorman, 45, David Cobb, 34, and Eini Raupers, 44, all from Spencer, and 34. Elder Philip Acciarito of Owego is also charged, along with three Michigan residents, with money laundering and federal firearms offenses.

The arrests from June 17 to 26 ended a gang that trafficked in heroin, methamphetamine and cocaine.

Officials from the U.S. Northern District Attorney’s Office said Wemmer and Patton and the three Michigan suspects face ten years in life in prison and a $ 10 million fine if convicted of possession with intent to distribute the drugs. drugs. Vanorman faces between five and forty years and five million dollars in fine, Acciarito up to ten years in prison and up to $ 250,000 in fine, Cobb up to ten years in prison and up to $ 250,000 fine and Raupers up to 20 years in prison and up to $ 1 million in fines if convicted of distributing drugs, conspiracy, weapons and other charges.

Several of the defendants appeared in Federal Court in Binghamton while others appeared before magistrates in the District of Nevada and the Western District of Michigan.

The Michigan defendants are identified as Tushaun Merritt, 44, Demarrio Shell, 47, and Michael Hawkins, 38.

All nine are currently being held pending further proceedings.

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