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Fugitive captured after 4 years

Joy Flagler arrested along with man in alleged drug buy

October 03. 2013 11:08PM

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WILKES-BARRE — A woman wanted by the Luzerne County Sheriff’s Department since 2009 was captured Wednesday after an alleged heroin sale on North Washington Street.

Joy Flagler, 46, last known address as Newark, N.J., was a passenger in a vehicle that was involved in the exchange of heroin for cash at about 6:30 p.m., city police said.

A records check showed an arrest warrant was issued by a county judge on June 2, 2009, for Flagler when she failed to appear for a court hearing.

Flagler was jailed at the county prison on the arrest warrant. The driver of the vehicle, David Torres, 24, of Kelly Avenue, Wilkes-Barre, was arrested on a drug offense, police said.

According to the criminal complaint:

City police set up to buy heroin from a man known as “Pablo,” later identified as Torres, on Wednesday. Torres negotiated the deal and planned to exchange heroin for cash on North Washington Street.

He showed up in a green Chevrolet with Flagler in the passenger seat, the complaint says. Police arrested Torres after he allegedly sold heroin for cash, which was found in his pocket, which also held a plastic bag with white crushed up pills, according to the complaint.

Torres was arraigned Thursday on a single count of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance. He was jailed at the county prison for lack of $25,000 bail.

Court records say Kingston police on Jan. 10, 2009, charged Flagler with two counts of possession of a controlled substance after heroin was allegedly found in a vehicle that was stopped for a broken taillight on Lawrence Street. Kingston police say in court records that heroin packets were found in the car.

Torres is scheduled for a preliminary hearing before District Judge Martin Kane in Wilkes-Barre on Oct. 17. Flagler will be scheduled to appear before a county judge at a later date.

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