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Four men arrested in W-B drug stings

July 31. 2013 11:56PM

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WILKES-BARRE - City police teamed up with state police vice and narcotic troopers from Wyoming to arrest four people in three undercover drug-buy operations Tuesday night.

Arrested in a sting at Coal Street Park were John Edward Longfoot, 19, of Dana Street, and Eric Conahan, 22, of Dougher Lane, both in Wilkes-Barre. Khalil Owens, 20, of Darling Street, Wilkes-Barre, was arrested in the Mineral Springs apartment complex, and Dumont Anderson, 36, of Prospect Street, Wilkes-Barre, was arrested on North Pennsylvania Boulevard.

According to the criminal complaints:

• Just after 5 p.m., authorities spotted a drug sale going on inside a parked vehicle at Coal Street Park. When authorities converged on the car, Longfoot was arrested while Conahan ran through a playground and basketball courts.

Conahan ran across Coal Street and into a rear yard of a house on Walters Lane, where he allegedly hid items under wood planks next to a shed. Conahan jumped in a bush in an attempt to hide when an officer zapped him with a Taser when he refused to show his hands, the complaints say.

A bag containing a large piece of crack cocaine and five bags of heroin packets stamped “Mexico” under the wood planks, according to the complaint.

• Owens was arrested after he allegedly agreed to sell three heroin packets stamped “Devil Face” in the Mineral Springs complex just before 8 p.m. Authorities said they found 12 additional heroin packets, cash and two cellphones in Owens’ pockets, the complaints say.

Anderson was arrested after authorities allegedly saw him conduct an exchange of money and crack cocaine from his vehicle in the area of North Pennsylvania Avenue and Harry Street at about 10 p.m.

Longfoot, Conahan, Owens and Anderson were arraigned Wednesday by District Judge David Barilla in Swoyersville on two counts of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance and one count of criminal conspiracy. Conahan was also charged with resisting arrest and criminal use of communication facility.

They were jailed at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility for lack of $50,000 bail each.

Preliminary hearings are scheduled on Aug. 15.


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