Drug Bust

Approximately $20,000 worth of narcotics were seized from a Williamsport residence, exposing a drug ring implicating 20 to 30 individuals throughout Lycoming County, the Williamsport Bureau of Police reported.

In charges filed Jan. 13, 2020, Officer Clinton Gardner said he received a tip on Aug. 15, 2019, that Christopher C. Raemsch, 36, would be "making a run to the Poconos around noon." 

Police reportedly knew Raemsch to be involved in "a criminal organization that distributes cocaine, methamphetamine, heroin and marijuana throughout Lycoming County."

"Through speaking with my confidential sources, it was reported that 20-30 individuals throughout Lycoming County would assist Christopher Raemsch in the purchase and distribution of these narcotics," Officer Gardner wrote.

Raemsch was apprehended by state police on Aug. 15, 2019, with eight pounds of marijuana via a traffic stop, the affidavit stated.

That same day, city police officers and detectives from the district attorney's office's narcotics enforcement unit travelled to Raemsch's home on the 600 Block of Grier Street.

Police made contact with Christopher Raemsch's wife, Orieana L. Raemsch, 27, of Williamsport, inside the Grier Street home.

Mrs. Raemsch reportedly police that her husband's source for narcotics was a Philadelphia man. His identity is known to police but charges have not yet been filed against him, according to court records.

According to police, Mrs. Raemsch then led officers to a leather backpack on a bed under blankets.

"She advised that the backpack contained cocaine and methamphetamine. She stated the backpack was locked because Chris did not want her using the drugs," Officer Gardner wrote.

Police obtained a search warrant from District Judge Christian D. Frey for the backpack, which contained: 12 ounces of cocaine with a wholesale value of approximately $12,000 to $15,000; two ounces of methamphetamine with a wholesale value of $2,000; and 20 THC vape cartridges with a street value of approximately $1,000.

Mrs. Raemsch gave police permission to search the residence, according to the affidavit.

A search of the residence yielded 110 THC vape cartridges with a street value of approximately $5,500 underneath the kitchen sink, and $780 cash above the kitchen stove top, according to the affidavit.

Packaging material and cutting agents also were recovered from the residence, police said.

"The estimated combined street and wholesale value of the narcotics seized is approximately $20,000 to $23,500," Officer Gardner wrote.

At some point during the search of the Grier Street residence, Michael Jose Miller III, 27, of Cogan Station, arrived to take possession of the narcotics inside the backpack, according to the affidavit.

At the time of his arrival, Miller reportedly was in possession of $1,260 cash.

Detectives went with Miller to his residence and recovered 10 THC vape cartridges, as well as an additional $100 cash, Officer Gardner wrote.

Through debriefs with the suspects, police said they learned that an estimated $200,000 to $300,000 was spent on the purchase of narcotics, which were then brought to Lycoming County and distributed by the alleged head of the trafficking ring, Christopher Raemsch.

The drug ring allegedly headed by Christopher Raemsch was responsible for the distribution of large amounts of cocaine, methamphetamine, heroin and marijuana throughout Lycoming County for a six month period in 2019, police said.

Mr. and Mrs. Raemsch and Miller each were charged on Jan. 13, 2020, with three ungraded felony counts each of manufacture or delivery of a controlled substance and conspiracy to manufacture or deliver a controlled substance, three ungraded misdemeanor counts of intentional possession of a controlled substance by a person not registered, and one ungraded misdemeanor count of use or possession of drug paraphernalia. 

Mr. Raemsch was incarcerated today in lieu of $125,000 cash bail set by District Judge Christian D. Frey, according to court documents.

Mrs. Raemsch is free on $50,000 unsecured bail, according to court record.

Miller was incarcerated at the Lycoming County Prison on Jan. 17, 2020, in leu of the $90,000 monetary bail set for him by District Judge Jon E. Kemp.

Christopher Raemsch docket

Orieana Raemsch docket

Michael Miller III docket