WILKES-BARRE — Six alleged drug dealers were arrested in different sections of the city Friday, according to a press release from city hall.
In the Heights neighborhood, two men — Lance Smith, 23, no known address and Terrell Watson, 24, of Philadelphia — were caught by investigators who had posed as buyers, police said.
Smith agreed to sell MDMA, or Ecstasy, to undercover officers near the Sherman Hills apartment complex, police said. Police say they captured him as he tried to flee.
Watson was arrested near Horton and Roosevelt streets, where police say he agreed to sell heroin to undercover officers. Police allege Watson was in possession of heroin and marijuana.
Three people were arrested in a North Main Street apartment that they allegedly used as a base for selling heroin. The apartment was subsequently shut down under the city’s new, one-strike ordinance that orders any rental unit used for illegal drug or violent activity to be shuttered for six months.
Daryl Minor, 21, of North Main Street, agreed to sell heroin to undercover police near the apartment, police said. He and an associate, Ahmed Hunt, 21, of River Street, were arrested when police arrived. Police searched the apartment, where they found Paul Olivio, 22, who tried to escape, they said.
Police allegedly found about $10,00o worth of raw and packaged heroin and firearm ammunition in the apartment.
Kaitlyn Cleary, 19, of Maple Street, the sixth suspect, was arrested on an outstanding arrest warrant on felony drug trafficking charges from a previous investigation, according to police.
The arrests resulted from collaborated investigations by a state police vice unit and the city police drug task force. Mayor Tom Leighton applauded the teams for their efforts, in the press release, and said he hopes lawbreakers realize they’re not welcome in Wilkes-Barre.
“It sends a strong message not only to those involved in drug trafficking but also to our good residents that we are committed to cleaning up our neighborhoods,” Leighton said.