MILFORD - Pike County District Attorney Raymond Tonkin announced May 24 that the Pike County Drug Task Force made four arrests for heroin sales. A two month investigation between the Pike County Drug Task Force, Eastern Pike Regional Police Department and the Port Jervis Police Department ended with the arrest of the four individuals on May 23rd in Matamoras.
According to the arrest affidavits, the joint investigation began at the end of March. A confidential informant and undercover officer were able to arrange several purchases of heroin from Lisa Marie Fiorletta of Matamoras. During those purchases, police learned that some of the heroin sold by Fiorletta was obtained from Tyrone Hill of Goshen, New York.
How it unraveled
On April 25, 2013, Fiorletta advised the undercover officer and confidential informant she needed them to drive to meet with her supplier in Port Jervis. They drove to a business in Port Jervis, where Fiorletta exited her vehicle and entered a vehicle driven and owned by Tyrone Hill. Fiorletta then delivered 30 bags of heroin to the informant for $400.00. Fiorletta then left the area with Hill.
On May 5, 2013, Fiorletta told the confidential informant she needed to sell her last five bags of heroin before she could get more. Fiorletta and Kimberly Holleran met with the confidential informant and an undercover police officer in Milford Township. The undercover officer handed Firoletta $100.00, and Holleran handed the undercover officer five bags of heroin.
On May 23, 2012 detectives arraigned for Holleran to deliver heroin to a residence in Matamoras. When Holleran arrived she was arrested on a warrant charging her with the sale on May 5th. When searched, police found 23 bags of heroin on Holleran.
Later on May 23, 2013, detectives, through an informant, arranged for Tyrone Hill to deliver a quantity of heroin to a residence in Matamoras. Hill arrived at the residence with Matthew Howell. Once inside the residence, Howell sold 40 bags of heroin to the informant and undercover officer. After completion of the sale, police moved in to arrest both Hill and Howell.
Jumps into river
Hill was taken into custody immediately; Howell fled on foot and jumped into the Delaware River. Eventually Howell was apprehended after a two hour search by the Pike County Drug Task Force and Port Jervis Police Department with assistance from the Westfall Fire Department, Port Jervis Fire Department, Orange County Sheriff’s K9 Unit, and Eastern Pike Regional Police.
Pike County District Attorney Raymond Tonkin stated "these arrests are just the latest results of ongoing cooperation between the Pike County Drug Task Force and the Port Jervis Police Department. We are happy to be continuing the partnership with the Port Jervis Police Department to combat the heroin trafficking in the Tri-State Area." Tonkin also thanked all agencies who assisted in the search for Howell. "We are very appreciative of the assistance of Westfall Fire Department and Port Jervis Fire Department. Without their help we would not have been able to locate and apprehend Howell from an island in the River.
Arrested were Lisa Fiorletta, age 47, of Matamoras, PA, Kimberly Holleran, age 28, of Port Jervis, NY, Tyrone Hill, age 23, of Goshen, NY and Matthew Howell, age 32 of Port Jervis, NY.
Howell and Hill are set for a preliminary hearing at Magisterial District Judge Deborah Fisher’s office on June 5, 2013. Holleran and Fiorletta are scheduled for a preliminary hearing on May 29, 2013.
Anyone with information on drug trafficking in Pike County can call the District Attorney’s Office at (570)296-3482 and ask for the Detective Bureau. In Port Jervis call (845)858-4003. All calls will be kept confidential.