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WILKES-BARRE — A Nanticoke man who pleaded guilty in connection with two different drug cases was sentenced to prison time, but may be eligible for boot camp.

Luzerne County Judge Joseph Sklarosky Jr. handed down the sentence against Michael Rosario, 24, also known as “Tone.”

According to court documents, Rosario, of East Union Street, pleaded guilty before Sklarosky in December to one count of possessing heroin with intent to deliver and one count of possessing cocaine with intent to deliver after police seized weapons, cash, narcotics and drug paraphernalia during an Aug. 8, 2011, raid on a Sans Souci Parkway residence in Hanover Township, where Rosario was then living.

Last month, he pleaded guilty in connection with his July 1 arrest under “Operation Shape Up,” in which Rosario and eight others were arrested after an undercover drug investigation that targeted cocaine and marijuana trafficking centered at The Master Barbershop on Hazle Avenue in Wilkes-Barre.

According to police, officers recovered cocaine, heroin, marijuana, ecstasy, $1,140 in cash, a stolen semi-automatic handgun, a military body armor vest, digital scales, cellphones and plastic baggies in the 2011 raid for which Rosario was first arrested. Police said the seized narcotics had a street value of more than $5,000.

Last summer, Rosario appeared barefoot in a white tank-top when he was arraigned on charges in connection with “Operation Shape Up,” targeting an alleged ring in which drugs from New York City were being channeled to “sub-dealers” for sale throughout Luzerne County.

Sklarosky sentenced him as follows:

• In the 2011 case, Rosario admitted to one count each of possession with intent to deliver, for heroin and cocaine, respectively. He is to serve two to six years in state prison on those counts, but the court raised no objection to boot camp once the minimum of 27 months is served. He was given credit for time served between July 1 and Monday.

• In the 2013 case, Rosario admitted to one count each of criminal conspiracy and delivery of a controlled substance. He is to serve at least 5 years’ probation.

Rosario also must serve 25 hours of community service and must pay $239 restitution to state police.

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