3 arrested in city drug bust
More than $50K worth of heroin seized.
Scranton police seized $50,000 worth of heroin after a West Scranton drug bust Monday.
Members of the Scranton police Special Investigations Division arrested Richard Johns, 60, 831 N. Rebecca Ave.; Toure Tyo “T” Parker, 35, 612 Oak St., Apt. 3, Old Forge; and Tristen Coxson, 25, 131 Belmont St., Waymart, after an investigation into the sale of heroin and crystal methamphetamine in West Scranton.
Officers searched Johns’ home on Monday and found cash plus two bags of crystal meth and 10 packets of heroin hidden in the pages of a Holy Bible, plus cocaine and marijuana in a bedroom, police said.
Police talked to Parker after he knocked on Johns’ front door during the search. He told police he drove his friend, Coxson, to visit Johns. When police approached Parker’s car, they saw Coxson try to shove bags of heroin down the front of her pants, police said. Officers arrested Coxson. Parker also told police he is on state parole and officers who searched him found $1,042 , police said.
Police got a search warrant for Parker’s car and seized 27 large rubber bags of raw, uncut heroin weighing about four ounces, 173 packets of heroin packaged for sale, cocaine, marijuana and other items used in the packaging and sale of narcotics, police said. The heroin is valued at more than $50,000.
Magisterial District Judge Alyce Hailstone Farrell arraigned the trio Tuesday morning. Johns is charged with possession with intent to deliver, conspiracy to possess with intent to deliver and other drug charges and Parker with conspiracy to possess with intent to deliver. They are held in Lackawanna County prison in lieu of $200,000 bail each. Preliminary hearings are scheduled for Nov. 30.
Coxson faces misdemeanor drug charges and is held in lieu of $5,000 bail. Her preliminary hearing is scheduled for Nov. 21. Contact the writer: firstname.lastname@example.org; 570-348-9100 x5363; @ClaytonOver on Twitter