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KINGSTON — A man was arrested minutes after he allegedly threatened a pharmacist at Walgreens Pharmacy on Monday morning to get a supply of Suboxone.


Wayne Rodgers III, 41, address listed as homeless, was arraigned by District Judge Paul Roberts on charges of robbery and terroristic threats. He was jailed at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility for lack of $25,000 bail.


According to the criminal complaint:


Rodgers entered the store and went to the pharmacy, where he told a pharmacist he wanted 10 Suboxone just before 9:30 a.m. The pharmacist told Rogers that he did not have a prescription.


Rodgers allegedly told the pharmacist, “I have a revolver in my pocket and I’m not afraid to kill you,” the complaint says. The pharmacist told Rodgers not to hurt her as she placed a box of 30 Suboxone valued at $249 on the counter.


Police captured Rodgers a short distance from the business.


A preliminary hearing is scheduled on April 23.


NANTICOKE — Two men were arrested Friday on charges they were peddling heroin and crack cocaine from a residence on West Ridge Street.


Jeffrey Seiwell, 30, of East Ridge Street, Nanticoke, was charged with two counts each of criminal conspiracy with intent to distribute a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance and criminal use of communication facility and a single count of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance. He remained jailed Monday at the county prison for lack of $200,000 bail.


Jake Robert Zdanowicz, 30, of West Ridge Street, Nanticoke, was charged with three counts each of possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia, two counts of criminal conspiracy with intent to distribute a controlled substance and a single count of illegal possession of a firearm by a convict. He remained jailed Monday for lack of $75,000 bail.


According to the criminal complaints:


City police and the Luzerne County Drug Task Force arraigned to buy heroin from Zdanowicz on Friday. Agents kept surveillance of Zdanowicz and Seiwell as they resupplied their heroin stash, the complaints say.


Agents searched Zdanowicz’s residence and allegedly fpund a large amount of heroin and crack cocaine, including a shotgun in a golf bag, according to the complaints.


Preliminary hearings are scheduled on April 23 before District Judge Donald Whittaker in Nanticoke.

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