KINGSTON — An intensified search in the Kingston area for an alleged heroin dealer ended with the man’s capture Wednesday night.
Arial “Shorty” Alvarez, 28, of North Manhattan Court, was apprehended when he was spotted walking in the area of Pierce Street and Warren Avenue, about two hours after he allegedly sold about 600 heroin packets, authorities said.
Drug agents with Kingston police and Luzerne County Drug Task Force set up to buy heroin from a man known as “Shorty,” later identified as Alvarez just after 8 p.m.
After the alleged transaction, Alvarez got into a Ford Explorer when agents moved in to arrest him. Alvarez drove through a parking lot and initiated a pursuit on Third Avenue and Hoyt Street where he abandoned the vehicle, authorities said.
A resident of Second Avenue arrived home and discovered an unknown man in the basement. The man fled prior to police arriving at the house.
Police from several municipalities, including the Kingston Fire Department, set up a perimeter in the area and arrested Alvarez walking on Pierce Street.
Authorities said Alvarez is wanted on a probation violation in New Jersey.
Street value of the 600 heroin packets is about $12,000, authorities said.
Alvarez is facing charges of burglary, criminal trespass, fleeing and eluding, flight to avoid apprehension, resisting arrest and numerous drug offenses. He was jailed at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility.