BROOKVILLE — Three of the people arrested in “Operation Snail Mail” will have their day in court following preliminary hearings before District Judge Gregory M. Bazylak recently. Sufficient evidence was introduced in the preliminary hearing of two of the defendants to merit their cases being sent to the Court of Common Pleas. A third defendant waived his right to a preliminary hearing.

Daniel K. Hopkins, Jefferson County Jail, is charged with corrupt organizations, conspiring to manufacture, delivery or possession with intent to manufacture of deliver (two counts), manufacture, delivery of possession with intent to manufacture (18 counts). Bail was set at $300,000.

Larry J. Dean, Jefferson County Jail, is charged with corrupt organizations, conspiring to manufacture, delivery or possession with intent to manufacture of deliver (two counts), manufacture, delivery of possession with intent to manufacture (18 counts). Bail was set at $250,000.

Dale L. Hanlin, Jr., Jefferson County Jail, is charged with corrupt organizations, conspiring to manufacture, deliver or possession with the intent to manufacture or deliver (2 counts), manufacture, delivery or possession with the intent to manufacture or deliver (7 counts), Bail is set at $250,000. He waived his right to a preliminary hearing.

In September, Attorney General Josh Shapiro announced criminal charges against 30 drug dealers in connection with the shipment and sale of $1.6 million in crystal methamphetamine in Jefferson, Clarion, Clearfield, Elk and Forest Counties over the last year and a half.

The crystal meth was shipped to Jefferson County and the surrounding area through the U.S. mail from drug dealers in Arizona and California. It was then sold throughout North Central Pennsylvania by a network of 30 drug dealers. The 35 pounds of crystal meth that they sold, broken up into gram doses – produced between 32,000 and 64,000 doses of the drug that were sold in the 5 North Central PA counties.

Most of the crystal meth shipments into North Central Pennsylvania were done by Larry Dean, 58, who maintained residences in Mayport, PA and Tucson, AZ. A willing recipient – and seller – of the crystal meth that Dean was mailing to Dale Hanlin, 66, of Cooksburg, PA.

Hanlin and other drug dealers charged earlier had a group of loosely connected dealers standing by to sell the drugs once they got to North Central Pennsylvania.

Investigators used a series of controlled purchases, court-approved electronic surveillance, package interceptions and other tactics to identify the drug dealers involved.

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