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Attempt to flee and discard evidence fails to prevent arrest

Being searched by police in the middle of a drug transaction is no doubt an unsettling experience. A Scranton man who recently found himself in this situation tried unsuccessfully to run from the police and throw away evidence while he was fleeing. The Street Crimes Unit of the Scranton Police Department arrested the man and charged him with a number of drug-related offenses.

The police first saw the man loitering in a neighborhood that is known as a high-crime area and drug dealing. The man hailed a taxi, and police tailed the cab. After the man left the cab, police saw what appeared to be a large amount of money in his front pocket. After the officers approached the man and smelled marijuana, they asked if they could search him, and he consented. The officers found several bags of marijuana in a jacket pocket, and the man decided to flee. The police gave chase and attempted but failed to hit him with a Taser. Police eventually caught up to the suspect and arrested him.

A K-9 officer used a trained dog to retrace the suspect's steps and found 31 bags of heroin and about 5 grams of crack that the man. The police concluded that the suspect attempted to discard this evidence while he was fleeing. The man was consequently charged with intent to deliver a controlled service, possession of a controlled substance, tampering with evidence, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a small amount of marijuana. He is now in Lackawanna County Prison with bail set at $100,000.

The suspect in this case faces serious charges, but like all defendants, he is entitled to be presumed innocent unless and until he is proved guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. For such persons, a consultation with an experienced criminal defense attorney can be very helpful. A knowledgeable lawyer can assess the case, suggest defense strategies and provide an estimate of the chances of obtaining a favorable plea agreement or an outright acquittal.

Source: Scranton Times-Tribune, "Police: Man had heroin, crack, marijuana and fled from officers," Joseph Kohut, April 1, 2016

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