Two charged af­ter crack found in car

The Times-Tribune - - LOCAL / STATE - BY JOSEPH KOHUT STAFF IRITER Con­tact the writer: jko­[email protected]­, 570-348-9144; @jko­huttt on Twit­ter

Au­thor­i­ties from the state at­tor­ney gen­eral’s of­fice and Scran­ton po­lice seized more than four ounces of crack when they pulled a car over ear­lier this week in the city.

Agents ar­rested Richard Wal­ton and Niesha Toon, both of 1007 N. Web­ster Ave., and charged them with drug crimes, ac­cord­ing to a crim­i­nal com­plaint.

Po­lice spot­ted Wal­ton’s 2017 Ford Taurus at 8:30 p.m. Wed­nes­day along Moosic Street and pulled the car over for a felony drug war­rant. The at­tor­ney gen­eral’s of­fice had filed a sep­a­rate com­plaint for drug charges against Wal­ton, 37, two days ear­lier in Luzerne County. Agents im­me­di­ately ar­rested him.

The driver, Toon, 28, kept mak­ing “furtive move­ments on the side and un­derneath her seat” and didn’t com­ply with com­mands to keep her hands in clear view, so po­lice or­dered her and a 3-year-old boy in the back seat out of the car, ac­cord­ing to the com­plaint.

A drug dog sniffed out nar­cotics in a glove box near where Wal­ton sat in the front pas­sen­ger seat. In­side, au­thor­i­ties found crack that weighed 128 grams, in­clud­ing the plas­tic pack­ag­ing, or about 4½ ounces.

A field test of the drugs came back pos­i­tive for co­caine, po­lice said.

Mag­is­te­rial Dis­trict Judge Ge­orge E. Seig ar­raigned and jailed both Thurs­day at Lack­awanna County Prison in lieu of $100,000 bail for Wal­ton and $75,000 for Toon.

Pre­lim­i­nary hear­ings are sched­uled for 9 a.m. Thurs­day.



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