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Friday, September 14, 2012

Pennsylvania: 22 charged in Wilkes-Barre street-level sweep

HARRISBURG - Twenty-two suspected drug dealers, accused of dealing heroin and prescription drugs, were charged today following a street-level sweep in Wilkes-Barre, Luzerne County, by state narcotics agents and local police.
Attorney General Linda Kelly and Wilkes-Barre Police Chief Gerald Dessoye said the arrests are the result of a five-month cooperative investigation, known as "Operation Square Deal," into the alleged street-level drug dealing in the Wilkes-Barre area.9-14-12 Operation Square Deal
Kelly said that the Wilkes-Barre Police Department began receiving numerous citizen and local business complaints in May 2012, which included concerns of loitering, drug use, and drug paraphernalia being found in and around local businesses in the area of Public Square and Market Street.
Agents said that in addition to the complaints, a number of overdoses in the area of the Anthracite Newsstand were also reported around this time.
In June 2012, agents and local police arranged approximately 24 controlled purchases of heroin and various prescription drugs. The Wilkes-Barre area remains a focus of attention for drug suppliers from outside Northeastern Pennsylvania due to the increased drug demand.
Information gathered from these investigations, including where the drug dealers obtain their drugs, is used to target mid -to upper-level drug dealers by BNI agents and Attorney General drug prosecutors.
Kelly noted that this continues to be an ongoing investigation.
Kelly thanked the Wilkes-Barre Police Department for their assistance with the investigation.
Below is a complete list of the defendants and the charges against them.

--Amy Osenkarski, 30, 61 East Northampton St., Apt 1110, Wilkes-Barre, Luzerne County, is charged with one count of delivery of a controlled substance.
--Darrell "Puff" Carter, 48, 154 Hanover St., Wilkes-Barre, Luzerne County, is charged with two counts of delivery of a controlled substance.
--Angela "Angie" Lamas, 28, 35 North Welles St., Wilkes-Barre, Luzerne County, is charged with one count of delivery of a controlled substance and one count of criminal conspiracy to deliver a controlled substance.
--Lonnie Maldonado, 36, 52 North Gates Ave., Kingston, Luzerne County, is charged with one count of delivery of a controlled substance and one count of criminal conspiracy to deliver a controlled substance.
--Faruq "Smooth" Mccoy, 37, 147 Regal St., Hanover Township, Luzerne County, is charged with one count of delivery of a controlled substance.
--Patrick "AB" Caudle, 44, 947 Market St., Kingston, Luzerne County, is charged with three counts of delivery of a controlled substance.
--John "Chase" Simpson, 44, 171 Stanton St., Wilkes-Barre, Luzerne County, is charged with two counts of delivery of a controlled substance.
--Darrin "B" Battle, 25, 165 North Sherman St., Apt., 108, Wilkes-Barre, Luzerne County, is charged with one count of delivery of a controlled substance.
--Kevin "Silent" Brogdon, 21, 61 Elizabeth St., Apt 1, Wilkes-Barre, Luzerne County, is charged with three counts of delivery of a controlled substance.
--Robert "Naieem" Lee, 48, 160 Park Ave., Wilkes-Barre, Luzerne County, is charged with two counts of delivery of a controlled substance.
--Alan "Law" Pickett, 42, 39 Kidder St., Wilkes-Barre, Luzerne County, is charged with one count of delivery of a controlled substance.
--Wayne Hagans, 29, last known address 1737 North Lambert Ave., Philadelphia, is charged with one count of delivery of a controlled substance.
--Timothy Caudle, 48, 35 South Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre, Luzerne County, is charged with one count of delivery of a controlled substance.
--Terrell "Rel" Holmes, 32, 416 North Washington St., Wilkes-Barre, Luzerne County, is charged with one count of delivery of a controlled substance.
--William "Will" Jones, 54, 40 Irving St., Apt 5, Wilkes-Barre, Luzerne County, is charged with two counts of delivery of a controlled substance.
--John Kelley, 41, 277 Poplar St., Wilkes-Barre, Luzerne County, is charged with two counts of delivery of a controlled substance.
--Tiffany Bland, 31, 236 ½ Rutter Ave., Kingston, Luzerne County, is charged with one count of delivery of a controlled substance and one count of criminal conspiracy to deliver a controlled substance.
--Vincent Jones, 29, 390 South Grant St., Wilkes-Barre, Luzerne County, is charged with one count of possession with the intent to deliver a controlled substance, one count of resisting arrest, one count of terroristic threats, one count of harassment, one count of disorderly conduct, one count of possession of a controlled substance, one count of possession of drug paraphernalia, one count of tampering with evidence, and one count of escape.
--Al-Quadir Hubbard, 23, 35 Elm St., Plymouth, Luzerne County, is charged with one count of possession with the intent to deliver a controlled substance, one count of possession of a controlled substance, one count of firearms not to be carried without a license, and one count of altering or obliterating marks of identification on a firearm.
--Shaheed Coleman, 26, 342 West Spruce St., Hazleton, Luzerne County, is charged with one count of delivery of a controlled substance and one count of possession of a controlled substance.
--Kyle Mcafee, 37, 6831 North Franklin St., Philadelphia, is charged with one count of the acquisition of or obtaining a controlled substance by misrepresentation, fraud, forgery, deception or subterfuge.
--Edward Lasure, 32, 125 North Sherman St., Wilkes-Barre, Luzerne County, is charged with one count of possession with the intent to deliver a controlled substance.

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