DURYEA — Police issued citations to six young people after an apparent party by the coal banks near Skytop Drive and Kokinda Drive on Saturday.
Chief Nick Lohman and officer Chuck Swisher were dispatched at 12:20 a.m. to the area for a report of a vehicle driving in the woods near the railroad tracks. Officers responded to check because the area is near a business that had been broken into multiple times over the past year.
The officers, assisted by Avoca and Hughestown police, walked into the wooded area and observed a vehicle coming towards them from the coal banks. Officers stopped the vehicle on Skytop Drive and found two occupants under the age of 21 who were allegedly under the influence of alcohol and also in possession of alcohol, police said.
Officers also found two more males, both age 20 and from Pittston, walking out of the same area allegedly smoking marijuana.
The first two males were advised that they would receive citations by mail and were released.
The second set of males were checked and found not to be drinking. Their information was obtained and they were released and advised they would both be charged with possession of a small amount of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.
Officers released them because more subjects were walking out of that area.
When officers approached a large group of individuals, they fled on foot. Officers stopped a smaller group that had a male who was under 21 and who allegedly had been drinking. Two other males ran and were tracked down. They were cited with disorderly conduct and public drunkenness, police said.