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Kingston police said they seized crack cocaine, money and firearms from a South Gates Avenue apartment on March 7. Three people allegedly associated with the contraband were indicted by a federal grand jury. Photo courtesy of WNEP-TV.
Kingston police said they seized crack cocaine, money and firearms from a South Gates Avenue apartment on March 7. Three people allegedly associated with the contraband were indicted by a federal grand jury. Photo courtesy of WNEP-TV.
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SCRANTON — A man arrested by Kingston police on drug and firearm offenses earlier this month when crack cocaine and guns allegedly were found inside his South Gates Avenue apartment has been indicted by a federal grand jury, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.

Jovon Martin, 31, was one of three people indicted in the straw purchases of guns used in cocaine sales.

U.S. Attorney Peter J. Smith said a straw purchase occurs when a person who is prohibited from buying or owning a gun due to a criminal record has someone without a criminal record purchase guns from a federally licensed dealer.

Martin was indicted along with Christine Hanahan, 30, of Kingston, and John Teslicko, 50, of Larksville. The indictments were unsealed Monday.

Hanahan and Teslicko surrendered at the Kingston Police Department and were transferred to federal authorities in Scranton.

Martin was charged with conspiracy to make false statements in connection with the purchase of a firearm, prohibited possession of a firearm, possession of a machine gun in furtherance of drug distribution, possession of an illegal weapon, possession of an unregistered weapon and possession with intent to deliver cocaine.

Hanahan was charged with unlawful transfer of a firearm to a prohibited processor.

Teslicko was charged with conspiracy to make false statements in connection with the purchase of a firearm, false statements in connection with the purchase of a firearm, unlawful transfer of a firearm to a prohibited possessor and prohibited possession of a firearm.

Kingston police said they found a m-11 9mm machine gun and a .40-caliber handgun in two safes — along with loaded magazines, nearly $6,000, and crack cocaine and marijuana — inside the apartment.

Teslicko purchased a .40-caliber pistol from a gun dealer in Hanover Township, where he provided false information as to the actual purchaser, and Hanahan transferred a .40-caliber pistol to Martin knowing he was going to use the gun in drug sales, according to the indictments.

Hanahan and Teslicko were released, while Martin remains in custody pending a detention hearing on Thursday.


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