Three men are alleged to have committed a number of drug- and gun-related crimes after they were arrested near a Scranton restaurant and found to be in possession of drugs and a pistol with a partially obliterated serial number. According to the criminal complaint filed by the police, the three men are facing numerous drug-related criminal charges.
Police said that the three men are residents of Brooklyn, NY, and they are all in their early 20s. The three men were arrested after stepping from a taxi that had brought them to Scranton from Wilkes-Barre. One of the men is accused of trying to hide 140 glassine bags of heroin and five plastic bags of crack under the front passenger seat where he had been sitting. A second member of the trio had a small amount of marijuana in his possession.
The third member of the group had a 9 mm handgun loaded with hollow point bullets in the waistband of his pants. The serial number on the slide had been filed off, but the serial number under the frame was still legible. Police have not yet found a record of the gun in any of their databases. The three men are being held in the Lackawanna County Prison in lieu of bail ranging from $70,000 for one of the men to $100,000 for each of the other two.
Police have not yet disclosed specific criminal charges for any of the suspects, but they will obviously face drug and drug conspiracy allegations. The man who possessed the gun will face additional charges based upon possession of the pistol and the partially obliterated serial numbers. Anyone facing similar charges may wish to consult with an experienced criminal defense attorney. A knowledgeable lawyer can provide a helpful analysis of the facts of the case, suggest potential defense strategies and estimate the likelihood of obtaining a favorable plea agreement or an outright acquittal.
Source: Citizens Voice, "Detectives seize heroin, crack and gun in Scranton," Joseph Kohut, Jan. 21, 2016