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Suspect arrested moments after allegedly selling heroin


February 16. 2013 10:30PM


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EXETER – No beer for an alleged heroin dealer.


Police swarmed a parking lot and arrested Travis Lakey, 23, minutes after he sold packets of heroin and then purchased a six-pack of beer early Thursday morning, according to charges filed.


Lakey, of Sobieski Street, Hanover Township, was arraigned by District Judge Joseph Halesey in Hanover Township on five counts of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, four counts of possession of a controlled substance and a single count of drug paraphernalia possession.


He was jailed at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility for lack of $20,000 bail.


According to the criminal complaint:


Police set up a drug buy to purchase heroin from Lakey in a parking lot on Wyoming Avenue late Wednesday night.


Lakey showed up alone and told the buyer he had only two heroin packets. Lakey left and retrieved more heroin packets, returning in a vehicle driven by a woman.


After Lakey allegedly sold the heroin, he walked into a restaurant and purchased a six pack. He left with the woman and drove into another parking lot on Wyoming Avenue, where police surrounded the vehicle and arrested him.


Lakey told police the woman had nothing to do with his alleged heroin sales.


Police allege in the complaint they found heroin stashed in a hidden compartment in the vehicle and a large amount of heroin he hid inside the residence of his girlfriend's mother without her knowledge.


Court records say Lakey was sentenced by a Luzerne County judge in August 2011 to two years' probation on a marijuana delivery charge.


A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Wednesday before District Judge Joseph Carmody in West Pittston.




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