BREAKING NEWS: Heroin operation busted in Antrim Township

Staff Writer
Echo Pilot

Authorities made a drug bust on an Antrim Township home Wednesday where a heroin sales operation was allegedly based. Police said the drugs were trafficked from Maryland.

Franklin County District Attorney Matt Fogel issued a news release Thursday afternoon concerning the search warrant served Wednesday morning by the county drug task force at 14884 Sherwood Drive and the arrests of residents Jack L. Silvers Jr., 43, and James T. Baker, 31. Silvers and Baker have been charged with various drug offenses and committed to the Franklin County Jail.

Fogel said the investigation was initiated based on complaints received from area residents, information obtained from confidential informants and information obtained from the Washington County (Md.) Narcotics Task Force.

“This case is another testament to the vigilance of our community members,” the DA remarked.

“When concerned citizens provide us information related to illegal activity, we are able to effectively address and eliminate the activity.”  

The bust

Members of the Franklin County Drug Task Force executed the search warrant at 11:45 a.m.  Wednesday, Jan. 29 on the residence of Baker and Silvers. The drug task force began investigating Silvers and Baker earlier this month.

The news release said, “Information developed during the course of the investigation indicated that Silvers and Baker were obtaining large quantities of heroin in Maryland, bringing the heroin into Pennsylvania, and then distributing it from their residence and the parking lots of several Antrim Township businesses. During the course of the investigation, surveillance was established on the residence and investigators observed various indicators of drug activity, which subsequently led to the issuance of the search warrant.”

During the search of the residence, investigators found heroin, marijuana, two handguns, one of which had been previously reported stolen from Hagerstown, Md. Investigators also seized scales, packaging materials, four cellular telephones and approximately $3,000 in cash.

The charges

Baker and Silvers were both charged with possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance and receiving stolen property. Both were arraigned before District Justice Plum and committed to the Franklin County Jail in lieu of $75,000 bond. Preliminary hearings are scheduled for 8:15 a.m. Feb. 4 in Franklin County Central Court.

This investigation was conducted by the Franklin County District Attorney's Office and the Chambersburg Borough Police. The Franklin County Sheriff's Office, Pennsylvania State Police K-9 Unit and the Greencastle Borough Police Department K-9 Unit assisted with the execution of the search warrant.

Anyone with information pertaining to suspected drug activity occurring in Franklin County can contact the Franklin County Drug Task Force at 1-800-344-3127. All information provided is kept confidential and callers may remain anonymous if they wish. Tips may also be submitted via email at tips@drugtaskforce.org