Helena men arrested after SCDETF undercover operation

By GRAHAM BROOKS / Staff Writer

COLUMBIANA–A 21-year-old Helena man and a 22-year-old Helena man are facing several drug charges stemming from an undercover operation by investigators from the Shelby County Drug Enforcement Task Force.

Carnevale

The Shelby County Drug Enforcement Task Force arrested Anthony Kenneth Carnevale, who lists an address on Oak Park Lane in Helena and Colby Christian Goza, who lists an address on Oak Park Circle in Helena, on March 14 and charged them each with felony and misdemeanor counts of unlawful possession of a controlled substance, attempt to commit a controlled substance crime and second-degree unlawful possession of marijuana.

Goza

According to the SCDETF, on Wednesday, March 15, investigators conducted an undercover operation in North Shelby County, on U.S., 280, that led to the seizure of illegal narcotics including LSD/Acid, crystal meth, xanax, prescription pain pills and marijuana. Carnevale and Goza were the alleged drug dealers and arrested at the time of the seizure.

As of March 16, Carnevale remains in the Shelby County Jail on bonds totaling $12,000, while Goza was released from jail on bonds totaling $12,000 on March 15.

Attempt to commit a controlled substance crime is a Class B felony, and carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison upon conviction.

Unlawful possession of a controlled substance is a Class D felony, and carries a maximum sentence of five years in prison upon conviction.

According to arrest warrants, Carnevale and Goza allegedly “unlawfully possessed a controlled substance enumerated in schedules I-V including methamphetamine, xanax and tramadol.”

“The laws that we enforce are not always popular, but we took an oath to uphold the law, and will continue to do so with passion and dedication,” Lt. Clay Hammac, Commander of the SCDETF said in a press release. “If these efforts prevent us from delivering another death notification, then the success of this operation is immeasurable.”

Goza is scheduled to appear in court for a drug court hearing on March 24 at 8 a.m.