Three men from Luzerne County are now in the Lackawanna County Prison after being charged with attempting to sell a large amount of heroin. The arrest appears to have occurred quietly, and the men have been jailed in the Lackawanna County Prison. The details of the alleged criminal activity can be found in the police complaint.
The men were apprehended by Lackawanna County detectives at a hotel on Kane Street. The men arrived at the hotel in a single vehicle at about 5:00, where, according the complaint, they intended to sell "a large amount" of heroin. One of the men left the vehicle and began walking toward the hotel. He refused a police request that he stop walking. He was hit with a stun gun and arrested. The other two men were arrested as they sat in the arrival vehicle.
According to police, the first man arrested was attempting to hide or dispose of a shopping bag containing 88 packets of heroin. Another gram of heroin was found in the vehicle. One of the men gave police a false name and was discovered to have used at least 14 different aliases. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for the three men.
The charges against these three men are very serious, and the evidence against them at this point appears to be overwhelming. Nevertheless, each of them is entitled to be presumed innocent until proved guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. Anyone facing similar charges can benefit from consulting an experienced criminal defense attorney. A knowledgeable lawyer can evaluate the evidence in the case, offer potential defense strategies and provide an estimate of the likelihood of obtaining a favorable plea agreement or an outright acquittal.
Source: Scranton Times-Tribune, "Three charged after heroin bust in Scranton," Joseph Kohut, March 10, 2016