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[ Friday, Aug. 21, 2009 ]

Drug police swarm Greg's Sunoco, arrest 3, including owner

By Sara Ganim

Centre County law enforcement surrounded Greg's Sunoco earlier this evening and arrested its owner, Greg Palazzari, charging him with selling cocaine out of the University Drive gas station.

CDT/Christopher Weddle

A police car blocks the entrance to the Sunoco gas station at University Drive and Bellaire Avenue on Friday, August 21, 2009. CDT/Christopher Weddle

"This is a significant investigation, a significant amount of cocaine," said District Attorney Michael Madeira. He said police seized a pound of cocaine in making the arrests.

Police are still searching for Mario Rincon, who they say is Palazzari's dealer, and brought four to eight ounces of cocaine into State College bi-weekly.

Police said that when they went to arrest him today, he fled his Elmwood Avenue house in a car. Police stopped chasing him for safety reasons when he reached speeds of 130 mph.

Madeira said police all over the state are looking for him tonight as Palazzari and another man are being booked at the county jail.

Rincon is from New York. Madeira said he didn't have a job here, other than selling cocaine.

This arrest was the result of a two-month investigation by the local drug task force but police say they have information that Rincon and Palazzari were providing the area with cocaine for several years.

The Attorney Generals office is working on a forfeiture of property related to the bust. For more details, see Saturday's Centre Daily Times.