HUNTINGDON - Four brothers are behind bars after a Huntingdon County drug raid turned up heroin, cash and guns, District Attorney George Zanic announced Friday.
Philip Spell, 28; Thomas Spell Jr., 29; Kenneth Spell, 23, and William Spell, 26, all of Huntingdon, were arrested Friday morning by police after a monthlong investigation into heroin sales at 917 Moore St., where Kenneth and Thomas Spell lived, according to court records.
The investigation into the brothers' alleged illicit activity began with complaints from neighbors, Zanic said. Police allege the brothers worked together to sell heroin with the apartment as their base.
A search of the apartment allegedly turned up a locked safe in a bedroom where $10,000 worth of heroin, about $500 in cash and a handgun were stashed.
Zanic said seven other guns, another pistol and six long guns were recovered.
"It's a very significant case," Zanic said. "Not only did we get a lot of drugs off the street but we got guns off the street as well."
Zanic characterized the Spell brothers as mid-level dealers, and all four face felony drug and racketeering charges.
Along with the Huntingdon Borough police, the Huntingdon County Sheriff's Department, detectives from the district attorney's office and other members of the Huntingdon County Drug Task Force, agents with the state Attorney General's Office took part in Friday's raid.
Phillip and William Spell face additional charges stemming from controlled buys of heroin, Zanic said.
All four men were lodged in Huntingdon County Jail. Philip Spell's cash bail was set at $500,000 while cash bails for William Spell, Kenneth Spell and Thomas Spell were set at $300,000, $250,000 and $200,000, respectively.
Mirror Staff Writer Greg Bock is at 946-7458.