The narrative of arrests set forth in a recent criminal complaint filed by Lackawanna County detectives shows how the web of an investigation can spread quickly to catch other suspects. An investigation by the County’s Street Crimes Unit of a man believed to be a drug supplier recently resulted in the arrest of six men who are now facing a variety of criminal charges.
The original suspect was believed to be a supplier who purchased drugs in New Jersey and used a number of “runners” in Scranton and elsewhere to deliver the drugs and collect payments. When detectives learned that the man had recently returned from New Jersey with a supply of heroin, they arranged a controlled purchase from one of the runners. When the runner showed up to complete the sale, he was arrested. Detectives interrogated the runner and obtained a home address for the man they had been investigating.
Detectives watched the house and followed a car that was leaving. The car was stopped, and police smelled marijuana. Upon searching the car, detectives found 50 bags of heroin, 7 grams of crack and a small amount of marijuana. The two men in the car were arrested. Police next obtained and executed a search warrant for the house where the distributor was believed to be living. The man that police believe is the distributor and two other men were arrested in the house and taken into custody.
Four of the six defendants face felony criminal charges, and two face misdemeanor drug charges. They are all, however, entitled to be presumed innocent unless and until they are proved guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. Anyone facing similar criminal charges will benefit from consulting an experienced criminal defense attorney. Such a consultation can provide a helpful analysis of the case, an enumeration of potential defenses and an estimate of the likelihood of obtaining a favorable plea agreement or an outright acquittal.
Source: Scranton Times-Tribune, “Six face charges in Scranton drug bust,” Joseph Kohut, Feb. 6, 2016