WILKES-BARRE — Two men among 17 people charged in Operation Shape Up, an investigation that targeted cocaine trafficking from a barbershop, pleaded guilty Friday in Luzerne County Court to drug offenses.
Michael Kane, 34, last known address as Terrace Street, Wilkes-Barre, and Anthony Wisneski, 30, of State Street, Nanticoke, each pleaded guilty to corrupt organizations, criminal conspiracy to delivery cocaine and possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance.
State prosecutors withdrew a second count of corrupt organizations, possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, delivery of a controlled substance and criminal use of a cell phone against the two men at a hearing before Judge Lisa Gelb.
Kane and Wisneski were arrested on charges they were peddling cocaine from November 2012 to July, when state drug agents with the Office of Attorney General and Luzerne County Drug Task Force served multiple search warrants in the area, including the Master Barbershop on Hazle Avenue, Wilkes-Barre.
Fifteen other people were charged in the bust that was initiated with an investigation into cocaine sales of John “Johnny Bambino” Miller, 27, last known address as Downing Street, Plymouth.
Kane and Wisneski were identified as Miller’s associates by investigators.
Investigators believed Miller and his associates were responsible for trafficking at least 20 kilos of cocaine with an estimated street value of $2 million, and at least 200 pounds of marijuana with an estimated street value of $600,000.
Ramon Colon, 27, last known address as Mayflower Crossing apartments, Wilkes-Barre, used the barbershop as a hub for much of the organization’s cocaine and marijuana trafficking operations, according to the AG’s Office.
State Deputy Attorney General Tim Doherty said Kane distributed in excess of 50 grams of cocaine and Wisneski peddled less than 50 grams of cocaine.
Sentencing hearings are scheduled on May 23.