3 ar­rested in city drug bust

More than $50K worth of heroin seized.

The Times-Tribune - - Local - BY CLAY­TON OVER

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: cover@timessham­rock.com; 570-348-9100 x5363; @Clay­tonOver on Twit­ter




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