Heroin Being Sold out of Daycare
Christian Kehlr, Frederick Russo, and Ryan Varano were charged with felony criminal conspiracy and possession with the intent to deliver. They were also charged with misdemeanor possession of an illegal substance.
The daycare called, Jesus Lil’ Helpers located in Shamokin, is leased to Varano’s mother. He informed police that he and Kehler used the location to distribute and sell heroin. Police said the men used the kid’s chairs and tables to package heroin and load syringes.
District Attorney Ann Targonski said, “it’s upsetting to realize that heroin is being dealt in the same places where we send our children to be safe while we work.”
Targonski continued, “this particular instance occurred during hours when the daycare was not in operation. However, the idea that people are doing drugs and selling drugs in what we would consider a safe haven for children is concerning.”
On a Saturday night, someone called police about a man overdosing in the daycare. When authorities arrived, they found Kehler unconscious on the floor. While police were performing CPR, they discovered the drug operation, and arrested the three men.
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