KINGSTON — Police and agents with the Luzerne County Drug Task Force arrested two people Friday when they allegedly attempted to flee a Market Street residence with a large amount of heroin and crack cocaine.
Authorities knocked on the door at 476 Market St. just before noon as Kevin A. Klass, 25, and Shannon Morton, 35, attempted to escape out the front door. Klass and Morton were stopped on the front porch, where they encountered a police sergeant and a canine, police said.
Klass allegedly had 171 heroin packets stamped “Superman,” eight bags of crack cocaine and $750 cash. Morton allegedly had a heroin packet hidden in her mouth, police said.
Police said they found a loaded .45 caliber handgun and a 12-gauge shotgun inside the residence.
Klass and Morton were arraigned by District Judge Paul Roberts in Kingston on four counts of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, three counts each each of possession of a controlled substance and criminal conspiracy, two counts of possession of drug paraphernalia and one count of criminal use of communication facility. Each was jailed at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility for lack of $150,000 bail each.
Klass and Morton said during their separate arraignments that they are heroin users and unemployed. Klass said he previously was arrested in New York City on drug-related offenses.
Authorities searched the house after Klass and Morton allegedly sold heroin in Edwardsville on Sept. 18. They told Roberts that they had been living at the Market Street residence since April.
Authorities condemned the residence as a “drug house.” A baby carriage and an empty beer box were on the front porch of the residence.
Preliminary hearings are scheduled on Oct. 2.