WILKES-BARRE — A man was arrested after he allegedly hid and tried to discard hypodermic needles and empty heroin packets near a school on Monday, police said.
Officers were dispatched to Howard and South Grant streets for a report of a suspicious male who was attempting to enter parked vehicles. The suspect was described as a short white male with multiple tattoos, wearing black shorts with a red stripe and a white tank top.
Officers checked the vicinity and located a male matching this description at the rear of GAR High School, near the cafeteria, on Noble Lane. The suspect crouched down behind the dumpster and placed some items under a cardboard box, police said.
The suspect was approached and identified as Charles Perez, of Thompson Street, Wilkes-Barre. Police checked for warrants and found there was a probation detainer issued for him.
Police said Perez appeared intoxicated, with dilated pupils, facial discoloration and profuse sweating. A search of his vicinity revealed a used hypodermic needle and two waxine heroin packets, stamped with “Power Rangers” and containing white residue.
The items were found under the box that Perez was observed handling, police said.
Police said Perez admitted to discarding the items on school grounds and admitted to being under the influence of heroin. He was transported to police headquarters, where he was processed and temporarily detained. He was later transported to Luzerne County Correctional Facility, where he was jailed on the detainer.
Charges will be filed, police said.