Drug agents with the Luzerne County Drug Task Force and troopers with the state police Vice and Narcotics Unit were busy in three municipalities arresting three women for alleged heroin sales and five people in another alleged drug bust at a Wilkes-Barre motel.
Police in Kingston and Wilkes-Barre arrested Tiara McDuffie, 22, of Building 324 Sherman Hills apartments, and Shantique Goodson, 27, of 7 N. Meade St., Wilkes-Barre, on Wednesday after they allegedly sold heroin in the area of Schuyler Avenue and West Market Street in Kingston.
Authorities set up to buy 99 heroin packets from McDuffie and Goodson, according to a news release. The packets were stamped “Aftershock.”
A loaded .40-caliber handgun was allegedly found inside a Ford Taurus the two women occupied.
After the two women were transported to the Kingston Police Department, authorities allege they found a plastic bag of cocaine in the rear seat of the cruiser in which Goodson was placed. She allegedly admitted she attempted to discard the cocaine in the seat.
Goodson was charged with delivery of heroin, possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, possession with intent to deliver cocaine, criminal conspiracy, criminal use of communication facility, possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.
McDuffie was charged with delivery of heroin, possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance, criminal conspiracy, criminal use of communication facility and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Goodson and McDuffie were arraigned Thursday morning by District Judge Martin Kane in Wilkes-Barre and jailed at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility for lack of $50,000 bail each.
Authorities said more charges might be filed against McDuffie and Goodson.
For more than a week, task force drug agents and Nanticoke police say they kept watch of Tameeka Shantell Gaddis’ apartment on East Union Street.
Late Wednesday, authorities made their move, allegedly finding 91 heroin packets, two bags of marijuana, a box containing a large quantity of partially consumed marijuana cigarettes, a water bong and contraband, according to charges filed.
Arrest records allege Gaddis sold heroin at and near her apartment on Aug. 19, Aug. 21 and Wednesday before authorities served a search warrant at her residence.
Gaddis, 27, was arraigned Thursday morning on multiple drug offenses. She was jailed at the county correctional facility for lack of $175,000 bail.
W-B motel searched
Five people are facing charges after city police and state police troopers searched the Wilkes-Barre Lodge Motel on Kidder Street, allegedly finding a large amount of illegal drugs early Thursday morning.
Police said those arrested were: Nkeuah Burris, of Binghamton, N.Y.; Darrah Mason, Queens, N.Y.; and Brian Francis, Denver Pearson and Daniel Vernon, all from Wilkes-Barre.
The warrants were issued as a result of an investigation of illegal drug sales in the Sherman Hills area and out of the motel. A search of two motel rooms controlled by the alleged drug traffickers resulted in the seizure of a large amount of crack cocaine, heroin, drug paraphernalia and proceeds from peddling drugs, according to a news release.