WILKES-BARRE — Three men were arraigned Thursday on unrelated drug offenses with the police department’s anti-crime and tactical patrol units taking credit for two of the collars.
Police Chief Gerard Dessoye increased manpower in the two units in mid-year in response to increased violence in the city.
• Bruce William Long, 47, of Village Drive, Hunlock Township, charged with possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was released on $2,500 unsecured bail.
• Jahmel Wadley, 21, of Hill Street, Wilkes-Barre, charged with possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was remanded to Luzerne County Correctional Facility for lack of $25,000 bail. He has been jailed for lack of $110,000 bail since his arrest on Oct. 1 on robbery and unrelated drug charges.
• Omar Hill, 34, of Madison Street, Wilkes-Barre, charged with possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance. He was jailed at the county prison for lack of $75,000 bail.
Their arrests are outlined in three separate criminal complaints.
Officers with the tactical patrol unit spotted a suspicious vehicle with Long and Nancy E. Speiman, 29, of Hunlock Township, in the area of Academy and South Main streets on Aug. 27. Police described the area as a high-crime area with drug activity and prostitution.
Police allege they found five heroin packets, numerous syringes, marijuana and a shoe string tied in a loop, which is wrapped around an arm to expose a vein prior to injecting heroin, inside the vehicle, the complaint says. Speiman is facing charges of possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Police apprehended Wadley when he was spotted entering an apartment on Midland Court on Oct. 1. Wadley was wanted on charges he robbed a driver for Burgit’s City Taxi on Sept. 10. Police allege Wadley was in possession of 33 heroin packets when he was arrested, and had a scale and heroin packets inside a bedroom of the apartment, according to the complaint.
Police with the anti-crime unit in response to complaints of drug activity in the area of West Jackson and North Washington streets arrested Hill on Wednesday after seeing him allegedly making numerous hand-to-hand contacts with unknown individuals. Police said Hill is a gang member and was in possession of 40 heroin packets, the complaint says.