ROARING SPRING - FBI agents arrested the alleged Somerset County organizer of a failed Roaring Spring heroin transfer on Wednesday, as a multiagency sweep this week yielded several drug trafficking arrests.
Agents and officials from the Cambria County District Attorney's office arrested Jamie Hope Porcher, 28, in Johnstown, police said. Roaring Spring police picked her up Wednesday night, transferring Porcher to Blair County to face charges in an alleged June 12 Roaring Spring heroin bust.
Porcher allegedly provided Nichole Rankin, 24, and Peter Donato, 29, both of Somerset County, with 6,000 bags of heroin to exchange for $16,000 with Joseph Castro, 28, of Roaring Spring.
Prior to the alleged June 12 deal, Porcher gave Rankin and Donato orders on how to carry out the delivery, even programming Rankin's car GPS unit to Castro's home address, police said.
Acting on a tip from county and state officials, Roaring Spring police waited along Route 36 for Rankin and Donato. Chief Milton Fields stopped them in town and saw a clear bag full of cash in the car's back seat, police said in an affidavit.
A further search of Castro's and a neighbor's homes that day allegedly revealed $180,000 worth of heroin, as well as a pair of illegally sawed-off shotguns. The trio all face felony charges in Blair County court.
Officers developed charges against Porcher through interviews with the suspects and cooperation with the FBI, police said.
On Wednesday, police in Cambria and Somerset counties arrested Porcher, alleged co-conspirator Kenneth Biser and Corey "Cruise" Harley, whom Fields called the group's "kingpin."
"We may have additional arrests," Fields said Thursday.
In an affidavit, police said they found 100 grams of cocaine during a Johnstown house search. When Harley allegedly arrived at Porcher's Windber home to pick up the cocaine for cutting and distribution, police arrested him.
Harley and Biser face felony drug charges in Cambria County.
Porcher remains in Blair County Prison with her bail set at $100,000 cash. She faces a preliminary hearing Thursday before Magisterial District Judge Craig Ormsby.
Mirror Staff Writer Ryan Brown is at 946-7457.