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Tyrone-related drug bust suspects bound over to county court

The Blair County Drug Task Force initiated an investigation in early September that culminated in the arrests of several individuals including two suspects from Tyrone.
Preliminary hearings were held before Magisterial District Judge Fred Miller on Tuesday regarding several suspects.
The task force investigated a major heroin distribution ring that was operating in Tyrone, Snyder Township and Greenfield Township, according to a press release issued through the Blair County District Attorney’s office on the last day of September.
The Drug Task Force obtained a search warrant on Sept. 29 for an apartment on Washington Avenue. What they found led to the arrest of five individuals including four men from New York State. Authorities seized 17.2 grams of brick heroin, $2,300 in cash, drug paraphernalia including a coffee grinder and 500 empty heroin packets.
Arrested in the case were Andy Brown, Middletown, NY; Andrew Brown, Brooklyn, NY; Nathan McDonald, Brooklyn, NY; Joshua Thompson, Altoona and James Jones, Brooklyn, NY.
All five were bound over to Blair County Court of Common Pleas Tuesday. Judge Miller said it took the entire morning and afternoon to deal with hearings.
The late September press release said further investigation led to the arrest of two rural Tyrone men. The investigation at an apartment in rural Tyrone led to the arrest of Michael Howard Woomer and James Allen Woomer, both of RD 3, Box 39, Apartment 1, Tyrone. A subsequent consent search resulted in the seizure of 85 packets of heroin. Both Woomers waived their right to a preliminary hearing in early October. Their cases were moved to the Blair County Court of Common Pleas.
The two investigations led to a search of a trailer in Greenfield Township. That search led to the seizure of 233 packets of heroin, 16.2 grams of brick heroin, 44 rocks of crack cocaine and a safe.
The total street value of the drugs seized was estimated at $100,000.
That investigation led to charges against Michele Thompson of RD 1, Claysburg. Three of the men in the Washington Avenue-related case where also charged in the Greenfield Township bust.
Judge Miller told The Daily Herald that preliminary hearings for Michele Thompson and the three men: McDonald, Andy Brown and Joshua Thompson were continued. Miller said all parties agreed to wait until next week when the hearings for the Tyrone-related cases took up most of the court day on Tuesday. The hearings for the Greenfield Township cases are now scheduled for next Wednesday at 1 p.m.