Aleppo Man Awaits Sentencing for Drug Trafficking
Authorities extradite John Duzicky to Pennsylvania last month after fleeing the state.
John Duzicky, 39, of Timber Lane, pleaded guilty Jan. 28 to charges of maintaining a corrupt organization and two counts of possession with the intent to deliver a controlled substance, according to the Beaver County Sheriff’s Office. While on bond and awaiting sentencing, however, he fled to Arizona until authorities located and extradited him.
Duzicky was one of 12 suspected drug dealers linked to a drug-trafficking organization that agents with the state Attorney General's office said shipped thousands of pounds of marijuana from Arizona into Western Pennsylvania.
According to investigators with the Attorney General's Bureau of Narcotics, Duzicky had been receiving bulk quantities of marijuana as far back as 1990 from a Mexican supplier. Investigators say he transported the marijuana from Arizona, where he also maintained a home.
Duzicky was arrested in August 2009 as a result of an attorney general’s office investigation that began in 2007, known as “Operation Infamous Choppers.” Investigators said they uncovered a large-scale drug business in which Duzicky was considered the ringleader.
Agents said they learned through undercover work that marijuana shipments were being taken to Duzicky’s former motorcycle shop on Camp Horne Road in Ohio Township. They contend the drug organization trafficked more than $2 million in marijuana to Allegheny and Beaver counties between 2007 and 2009.
Duzicky had been free on $200,000 bond while awaiting sentencing, which was scheduled for Jan. 28. Beaver County Sheriff’s Lieutenant Thomas Ochs said Duzicky failed to appear in court, so Beaver County Judge John Dohanich issued a bench warrant for his arrest.
“Mr. Duzicky fled the state of Pennsylvania,” Ochs said.
On May 16, Duzicky encountered authorities in Phoenix for unspecified reasons, and police there ran a background check and discovered the outstanding warrant. Duzicky agreed to return voluntarily to Beaver County, and two Beaver County sheriff’s deputies met him May 26 in Arizona and accompanied him back to Pennsylvania, Ochs said.
Duzicky has been lodged in the Beaver County Jail without bond since May 27 while he awaits a July 6 sentencing.