By: Don Shaw email: don.shaw@pennsylvaniachronicle.com (570) 543-2961

US Attorney; Feds charge 11 people in alleged drug trafficking ring in NEPA

US Attorney; Feds charge 11 people in alleged drug trafficking ring in NEPA

Wilkes-Barre, PA

The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that Tysheen Gott, age 43, of Wilkes-Barre, PA; Damien Julmal Navarro, age 25, of Wilkes-Barre, PA; Robert Thompson, age 44, of Pittston, PA; Jean Almonor, age 44, of Wilkes-Barre, PA; Amanda McPhillips, age 36, of Scranton, PA; Anthony Quamaine Brown, age 37, of Scranton, PA; Tariek Henson Mitchell, age 32, of Plymouth, PA; Juliette Grayson, age 44, of Plymouth, PA; Nicole Ann Bozek, age 31, of Scranton, PA; Susan Marie Kimsel, age 40, of Exeter, PA; and Aisha Maria Stephens, age 39, of Wilkes-Barre, PA, were indicted by a federal grand jury on May 28, 2020, on drug trafficking charges. The indictment was unsealed following the arrests of the defendants.  Mitchell remains at large and is considered a fugitive. 

According to United States Attorney David J. Freed, the indictment alleges that the defendants conspired to distribute and possess with intent to distribute heroin, fentanyl, and cocaine base or “crack” in Luzerne County between 2013 and March 2020. The amount of heroin involved in the conspiracy that is attributable to each of the defendants is as follows:

  • Tysheen Gott, a/k/a “LB”: in excess of one kilogram of heroin;
  • Damien Julmal Navarro: in excess of one kilogram of heroin;
  • Robert Thompson, a/k/a “Jeffrey Parker”: in excess of one kilogram of heroin;
  • Jean Almonor, a/k/a “Hollywood”: in excess of 100 grams of heroin;
  • Amanda McPhillips: in excess of one kilogram of heroin;
  • Anthony Quamaine Brown, a/k/a “BX”: in excess of one kilogram of heroin;
  • Tariek Henson Mitchell: in excess of one kilogram of heroin;
  • Juliette Grayson: in excess of one kilogram of heroin;
  • Nicole Ann Bozek: in excess of one kilogram of heroin;
  • Susan Marie Kimsel: in excess of 100 grams of heroin; and
  • Aisha Maria Stephens: maintaining drug involved premises.

This indictment was the result of a year-long investigation, in part driven by multiple federal wiretaps conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Wilkes-Barre City Police Department, the Scranton Police Department, the Pittston City Police Department, the Plymouth Police Department, the Pennsylvania State Police, the Luzerne County District Attorney’s Office, the Wyoming County District Attorney’s Office and the Office of Pennsylvania Attorney General. Assistant U.S. Attorney Michelle Olshefski is prosecuting the case.

The maximum penalty under federal law for the drug trafficking offenses is life in prison, a term of supervised release following imprisonment, and a fine.