Outstanding Policing: Officers recognized for 20 pound Russell meth seizure

Photo provided to the Times Observer Three investigators have been recognized with the Outstanding Police Performance Award by the Pa. Narcotics Officers Association for their work on a case in Russell that resulted in the seizure of over 20 pounds of methamphetamine. Those presented the award include, from left, Agent Daniel Williams with Homeland Security Investigations, Andreu Forisca with the Attorney General’s Bureau of Narcotics and Warren County Chief County Detective Tom Kibbey.

What’s believed to be the largest drug seizure in the county’s history has resulted in recognition for three investigators on the case.

Over 20 pounds of methamphetamine with an estimated street value of $80,000 was seized from a Russell residence in March 2023.

Officers presented with the “Outstanding Police Performance Award” by the Pa. Narcotics Officers Association for their work on that case include Warren County Chief Chief Detective Tom Kibbey, Daniel Williams with Homeland Security Investigations and Andreu Foriska with the Attorney General’s Bureau of Narcotics.

“Detective Thomas Kibbey’s dedication and contributions to the Warren County Drug Task Force and the District Attorney’s Office are truly commendable,” First Assistant District Attorney Cody Brown told the Times Observer. “His ability to establish strong relationships with both state and federal agencies has significantly bolstered our efforts to combat drug trafficking in our community.”

Kibbey also highlighted the importance of “getting all the agencies to work together, state, local and federal. We’ve been collaborating on a lot of our cases.”

He added that the nomination was made by a supervisor from the Attorney General’s office.

“The collaborative efforts between the Task Force and these agencies have led to the successful removal of substantial quantities of hard drugs from our streets, including 22 pounds of methamphetamines in the McCall and Richards case, as well as significant amounts of cocaine and fentanyl,” Brown explained.

Maelynne McCall was charged in county court in connection to the seizure while Andre Richards faces federal charges.

Agents of the Warren County Drug Task Force executed the search warrant at 5 N. Main St.

According to the affidavit of probable cause, the following evidence was located:

In the master bedroom – “A sealed cardboard box that contained a second sealed cardboard box that

contained a plastic tote. The plastic tote was taped up, wrapped in green cellophane and covered in wood-grain wallpaper.”

“Inside the plastic tote were seven plastic bags that contained crystal-like substances.”

“Each bag was weighed and the total weight was 9,462 grams — 20.86 pounds.”

“The crystal substance was field tested and presumptive positive for methamphetamine,” the affidavit details.

A plastic baggie of suspected methamphetamine was “easily obtainable” by one of the three children that was

living in the home.

“The tireless commitment demonstrated by Detective Kibbey and the Task Force members is invaluable in safeguarding our children and community from the harms of drug abuse,” Brown said. “Recognizing their hard work and sacrifice, such as through awards like the Outstanding Police Performance awarded to Detective Kibbey at the Pennsylvania Narcotic Officers Association Conference, is crucial in showing appreciation for their efforts. It lets them know that their dedication, long hours, and personal risks are not overlooked or undervalued.

“Such recognition serves as a morale boost and reinforces their commitment to ensuring the safety and well-being of our community. “


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