Eleven people were arrested Friday during a Potter County drug bust for alleged sales of methamphetamine, LSD, Subutex and marijuana.

District Attorney Andy Watson announced the 11 people were “suspected drug dealers,” and the busts were made by the Potter County East Drug Task Force in conjunction with the state attorney general’s office.

Arrested were the following:

n Craig James Hostler, 31, of Port Allegany, jailed in lieu of a total of $40,000 bail in two cases.

n Joseph Michael Vetteese, 43, Roulette, jailed in lieu of a total of $30,000 in two cases.

n Jonah Lee Rushmore, 26, Coudersport, jailed in lieu of a total of $30,000 bail in three cases. In one case, he faces an additional charge of endangering the welfare of children.

n Jessica Rushmore, 25, Port Allegany, jailed in lieu of $10,000 bail in one case.

n Kent Chip Rissel, 32, Coudersport, jailed in lieu of $25,000 bail in one case.

n Paige Feleighnasue Foil, 29, of Galeton, released on unsecured bail in two cases. In one case, she faces an additional charge of endangering the welfare of children.

n Kiersten Marie Schweiger, 25, Gaines, released on unsecured bail in two cases. In one case, she faces an additional charge of endangering the welfare of children.

n Herbert Albert Watson, 46, of Austin, released on unsecured bail in two cases.

n Felecia Kay Stevens, 31, Coudersport, released on unsecured bail in three cases.

n Megan Nicole Sena, 22, of Roulette, released on unsecured bail in two cases. In one case, she faces an additional charge of endangering the welfare of children.

n Ryan Patrick Johnston, 27, of Port Allegany, released on unsecured bail in one case.

Charges against the accused include delivery of a controlled substance, possession with the intent to deliver a controlled substance, criminal use of a communication facility and related offenses.

“The charges against the 11 individuals are the culmination of a 6-month-long intense investigation into local and neighboring counties, dealers that are impacting our community,” reads a release from Watson’s office.

“These arrests represent months of hard work and coordination” between Watson’s office, the task force and attorney general’s office, the release stated. Officers from Coudersport, Shinglehouse, Galeton, Sweden Township, Roulette, Ulysses staff the drug task force.

Watson thanked everyone involved.

“A few months after I took office in 2010, one of my first priorities was to create a drug task force in Potter County due to an apparent and dangerous drug problem in Potter County,” the district attorney said. “Since that time, we have made approximately 150 arrests and have made a noticeable difference in our local community and are ensuring the drug dealers are brought to justice.”

He continued, “The abuse and sale of illegal controlled substances are a plague upon our community and a danger to our children.”

Watson pledged to continue aggressive efforts to combat the drug problems in the county.

“The people of Potter County deserve to feel safe walking down their streets, not faced with the threat of encountering this criminal organization that was pushing illegal drugs into their communities,” Watson said. “I’m grateful to this strong collaboration between law enforcement partners to break up this drug ring and get these poisons off our streets.”

Jim Eckstrom is executive editor of the Olean Times Herald and Bradford Publishing Co. His email is jeckstrom@oleantimesherald.com.)

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