Pubdate: Thu, 21 Oct 2004
Source: News-Item, The (PA)
Copyright: 2004 The News Item
Author: Mark Gilger, Staff Writer
Bookmark: (Asset Forfeiture)
Bookmark: (Cocaine)


WILLIAMSPORT -- A Coal Township man and a Sunbury resident, who were among 
seven defendants indicated in August as part of a grand investigation into 
a drug ring that stretches from Northumberland County to the West Coast, 
are in danger of having their homes, vehicles, cash and money in bank 
accounts seized if they are found guilty of dealing cocaine.

A superseding indictment returned Oct. 14 by a U.S. Middle District grand 
jury contains a forfeiture count naming William J. Neidig, 35, of 1347 W. 
Mulberry St., Coal Township, and William A. Reid, 39, of Sunbury.

Neidig, Reid, Brad E. Kashner, 35, of 1319 W. Pine St., Coal Township; 
Leeann Krouse, 33, of Middleurg; Randall A. Mayeda, 31, of Gardena, Calif.; 
Shaun K. Jordan, 29, of Culver City, Calif.; and Gregory W. Jones, 34, of 
Seattle, Wash., also are charged with conspiracy to deal cocaine.

The indictment lists the items the federal government wants forfeited as 
alleged benefits of illegal drug dealing. Properties listed include those 
in the 600 block of Packer Street, 1300 block of West Mulberry Street in 
Coal Township, 400 block of North Washington Street in Shamokin, 100 block 
of Birch Street in Shamokin and the 800 block of West State Street in Coal 

The indictment also seeks forfeiture of approximately $93,000 that has been 
seized, a certificate of deposit worth $5,160, the $11,000 down payment on 
a Coal Township property and nearly $20,700 in bank accounts.

Vehicles listed in the indictment are a Dodge Durango, 2004 Yamaha 
motorcycle and 1986 Harley-Davidson.

Neidig, who reportedly is one of the largest suppliers of cocaine and other 
illegal drugs in the Shamokin-Coal Township area, was arrested Aug. 3 and 
brought before U.S. Magistrate Judge William Askey in Williamsport on 
federal drug charges filed by U.S. Postal Inspector Peter Rendina of 

Neidig is currently incarcerated at the Clinton County Correctional 
Institution in McElhattan near Jersey Shore. The remaining defendants are 
reportedly free on bail pending further court action.

All seven defendants have been indicted on one count of conspiracy to 
distribute a controlled substance. The charges were filed by Rendina 
through the U.S. Attorney's Office.

A clerk in U.S. Middle District Court confirmed that all seven defendants 
are scheduled to be arraigned this morning on the forfeiture count. The 
indictments are the result of a two-year investigation conducted by the 
U.S. Postal Inspection Service, Shamokin police and a vice unit from the 
Pennsylvania State Police at Montoursville. Additional arrests are pending, 
according to unofficial reports.

According to an indictment handed down by a grand jury, the seven 
defendants are accused of distributing more than 5 kilograms of cocaine 
between January 2003 and August in Northumberland and Snyder counties, and 
the states of California and Washington.

The street value for 1 kilogram of cocaine is approximately $32,000, 
meaning 5 kilograms would generate $160,000.

The indictment states that the conspirators used the U.S. mail and private 
and commercial interstate carriers to transfer and distribute cocaine and 
transfer cash payments and proceeds related to the distribution of cocaine.

Court records obtained by The News-Item also state that the defendants 
utilized a number of addresses in Pennsylvania, Washington and California, 
including commercial mail receiving centers, to receive and send parcels 
containing cocaine and cash payments and proceeds related to the 
distribution of cocaine.

The conspirators also are accused of communicating by telephone concerning 
the distribution of cocaine and the transfer and payment of cash related to 
the distribution of cocaine.
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