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Police: Cocaine, machine gun seized in Kingston search


March 08. 2013 12:02AM

By - elewis@civitasmedia.com - (570) 991-6116






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KINGSTON — Crack cocaine and loaded guns were found inside a South Gates Avenue apartment when police and agents with the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives served a search warrant on Thursday, authorities said.


Jovon Martin, 30, who resided at the apartment, was arrested on drug and firearm offenses.


Authorities allege Martin was stashing crack cocaine, marijuana and documents related to drug sales in the apartment.


Martin was arraigned by District Judge Paul Roberts in Kingston on charges of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and illegal possession of a weapon. He was jailed at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility for lack of $50,000 bail.


According to the criminal complaint:


Police received information that Martin was peddling crack cocaine and marijuana from his apartment. Surveillance was set up on Thursday when Martin and a girlfriend were spotted leaving in a vehicle.


Martin was stopped and escorted back to this apartment, where he was told about the search warrant.


Martin was asked if there were any guns, money and drugs in the apartment; he replied, “come upstairs,” the complaint says.


Martin directed police to a black safe in a closet that contained a M-11 9mm machine gun with two loaded extended magazines and one loaded 10-round magazine. A second safe in another closet contained nearly $6,000, and a loaded .40-caliber handgun.


Police said they found crack cocaine in a dresser drawer, plus marijuana, ammunition and documents in the apartment, according to the complaint.


A preliminary hearing is scheduled on March 20.




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