Two children in home where drug packets were found, police say

Last updated: January 09. 2014 11:26PM - 3197 Views
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WILKES-BARRE — City police targeted a house on Madison Street after alleged sales of heroin were traced to the residence.

Police served a search warrant at 470 Madison St. on Wednesday and arrested Robert F. Lee, 50, on drug trafficking offenses and Shawntah Lee, 35, on obstruction charges.

George Wormley Jr., 37, of Montclair, N.J., was charged with selling heroin from the house in December.

Police said there were two children, 7 and 13, in the house when the Lees were arrested and a large amount of heroin packets were found under a mattress.

According to the criminal complaints:

Police set up to buy heroin allegedly from Wormley on Dec. 16. Officers spotted Wormley leaving the Madison Street house to exchange heroin for money.

Police on Wednesday arranged to buy heroin from Robert Lee, known as Naeem, and watched him leave the house on Madison Street to conduct the exchange, the complaints say.

When police served the search warrant, Shawntah Lee entered the residence through a rear door. She refused to stay on a rear porch and forced her way inside, grabbing a cellphone from a table, according to the complaints.

Police said in the complaints that Robert Lee was found with eight heroin packets and $1,300 of prerecorded buy money in his pockets, and a large amount of heroin packets under a mattress he was lying on. Police also found $3,000 in a bedroom cabinet, the complaints say.

Robert Lee was charged with two counts of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance. He was jailed at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility for lack of $20,000 bail.

Shawntah Lee was charged with tampering with physical evidence, obstruction administration of police and disorderly conduct. She was jailed for lack of $5,000 bail.

Wormley was charged with possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance. He was jailed for lack of $40,000 bail.

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