Police: Anthony J. Moses, 34, had two controlled substances in system

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A Kingston attorney had Xanax and methadone in his system when he crashed his Mercedes-Benz into another vehicle in August while driving the wrong way on Vine Street in Plymouth, according to a police affidavit.

Anthony J. Moses, 34, of Butler Street, Kingston, was charged by summons with two counts of driving under the influence of drugs, in addition to one count each of damaging an unattended vehicle, driving the wrong way and unauthorized use of a license plate.

In addition to those charges filed Tuesday against Moses, a woman allegedly found with a suspected heroin bag while riding in Moses’ car during a July traffic stop stands accused of possessing drug paraphernalia.

According to an affidavit signed by Plymouth Borough Police Officer Stephen Bekanich, officers were dispatched to Vine Street at about 11:30 p.m. Aug. 23 for a report of a green Mercedes that struck some bushes, possibly a telephone pole and then a van while traveling the wrong way on the one-way street.

The Mercedes reportedly fled, but while police were looking for it, a witness called to say he had followed an erratic driver along East Main Street to 45 Elm St., where it was stopped.

Police approached the damaged Mercedes, which they said did not have the correct license plate attached.

Officers approached Moses, the driver, who “had glassy eyes, an unstable gait and appeared to be under the influence of either alcohol or another controlled substance,” Bekanich wrote.

“Moses was asked how he got the damage to his car and he stated that he struck something but didn’t know what he hit,” Bekanich continued.

According to Bekanich, officers learned from Kingston police that “on a previous traffic stop with this driver they had found narcotics in the vehicle.” They then asked Moses if they could search the car, and he consented. No narcotics were found, Bekanich said.

Moses told police he had taken over-the-counter pills earlier that evening. Bekanich’s affidavit said blood tests conducted later at Wilkes-Barre General Hospital revealed two controlled substances in Moses’ system: Xanax, a brand-name version of Alprazolam, which commonly is used to treat anxiety disorders; and Dolophine, a brand-name prescription opioid drug, containing methadone, which is used to treat narcotics addiction as well as being used as a pain reliever.

Moses has not been charged in the July 13 Kingston traffic stop referenced by Bekanich.

In that case, Kingston police officer Jason Zoshak wrote in an affidavit that he pulled over a green Mercedes at 12:26 a.m. on Northampton Street after Moses, the driver, was seen driving with his high-beams on, failed to signal a turn and was seen to have no registration sticker on the vehicle. Zoshak wrote that Moses’ hands were “shaking uncontrollably,” and that he avoided eye contact with the officer.

A second officer, Jason Height, observed a white bag, similar to those used to package heroin, on the back passenger floor, according to the affidavit.

Moses said “he was unaware of the bag and he did not do heroin,” while passenger Kacie M. Bruno then “stated she believed the bag was from an empty she had on her from a few days ago and she must have dropped it in the car,” Zoshak wrote.

Bruno, 29, of Elm Street, Larksville, faces one count of possessing drug paraphernalia, according to court records, with formal arraignment in county court set for Dec. 6.

In an unrelated case, Bruno’s mother contacted Larksville police at 2:30 a.m. Monday to say she found in her daughter’s room several empty packets thought to have contained heroin, a spoon and a needle.

Police did not find any of those items upon arrival. But records checks run on Bruno and one of her friends who was in the house, Kelci P. Jones, 25, of South Market Street, Nanticoke, revealed Jones was wanted by Nanticoke police for allegedly dealing heroin in the city.

Jones was sent to the Luzerne County Correctional Facility in lieu of $20,000 bail.

Larksville police said Bruno’s mother asked her to leave the residence.

Efforts to reach Bruno or a family member were not immediately successful Wednesday night. Efforts to reach Moses also were unsuccessful.

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