Cambria Task Force arrests two on heroin delivery charges

EBENSBURG – Cambria County District Attorney Kelly Callihan announced Friday that the Cambria County Drug Task Force has arrested two people on felony heroin delivery charges.

Callihan said in a press release that police had been investigating suspects from Brooklyn, N.Y., who were allegedly transporting large amounts of heroin from New York and New Jersey to be sold throughout Dale Borough in Johnstown.

The Cambria County Drug Task Force, working with the Safe Streets Task Force and Dale Borough Police Department, arrested Geraldine Ates, 25, 731 Bloom St., Johnstown, also known as Geraldine Rodriguez or “GG,” and Kevin Wanamaker, 32, also known as “Kash.”

Police said task force detectives made several controlled buys from Ates, leading to an eventual search warrant executed at her residence Thursday, where police seized of more than 500 bags of heroin with a street value of $10,000, as well as more than $2,600 in cash.

Ates was arrested at her home, and Wanamaker was arrested nearby during a traffic stop.

Both were arraigned Friday at Magisterial District Justice Richard Varner’s office on charges including conspiracy, possession with intent to deliver heroin and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Varner set bond for Ates at $250,000 and for Wanamaker at $400,000. Both remain at Cambria County Prison.

Callihan said a third person, Capriel Brandon, 23, 825 Grove Ave., Johnstown, was taken into custody on an outstanding warrant from Virginia.