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August 14. 2013 11:27PM

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WILKES-BARRE — A wanted Philadelphia man awaiting trial on drug charges is being held in the Luzerne County Correctional Facility in lieu of $50,000 bail after city police arrested him and another man on drug charges on Tuesday.

Emmanuel Williams, 20, was and found to be in possession of “distribution amounts” of heroin, police said, without elaborating.

According to police, investigation into suspected drug activity in the area around Park Avenue, Lehigh Street, East Northampton Street and Empire Street led to a traffic stop at Park and Lehigh on Tuesday.

An Edwardsville man, Rashon Whitest, 19, of Green Street, was processed and released pending a misdemeanor marijuana possession charge, police said.

Williams was taken into custody on an outstanding Philadelphia warrant and charged with possession of heroin with intent to deliver, possession of a small amount of marijuana and providing false identification to a law enforcement officer.

According to court records, Williams still had an open Philadelphia County case in which he was arrested in June 2012 for alleged marijuana possession. He also was awaiting trial on drug charges in Luzerne County.

He also was arrested in Wilkes-Barre on Oct. 4, when he was a passenger in a vehicle that was stopped on the South Street Bridge. Police said Williams used a false name and was found carrying a small bag of marijuana, according to a criminal complaint in that case. He is still awaiting trial in county court in that case, records show.

After arraignment on the latest charges before District Judge Joseph D. Zola, Williams was sent to the county prison, where he was unable to post bail. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for 10 a.m. Aug. 22 before District Judge Martin R. Kane.

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