Older half of alleged father-son drug-dealing team waives hearing

By Patrick Kernan - [email protected] | December 6th, 2017 3:12 pm - updated: 10:14 pm.

WILKES-BARRE — Accused of being the older half of a father-son heroin-dealing team, a Hughestown man waived his right to a preliminary hearing Wednesday.

Meanwhile, a hearing for the son was continued to early next year.

Floyd Powell, 55, waived the hearing before District Judge Michael Dotzel, sending a felony charge of possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance to county court.

Prosecutors also withdrew counts of possession and use of a controlled substance, both misdemeanors.

Powell’s son, Floyd Powell III, 34, originally had a hearing set for Wednesday morning on several felony charges, but it was moved to Jan. 3, 2018.

The Powells were arrested at the son’s Plymouth home Nov. 26 after an investigation by narcotics officers from several Luzerne County communities.

At Powell III’s home, police allegedly found 1,750 packets of heroin, valued at approximately $14,000. They also seized $10,911 in cash, a Kel-Tec 9 mm handgun with a destroyed serial number, four vehicles owned by the Powells, and a security system.

The older Powell has been at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility after he was unable to pay his $50,000 straight cash bail.

The son is also still incarcerated, with a bail set at $300,000. When he was arrested, he was already out on bail for other heroin trafficking charges. He is facing a total of nine felonies between the two incidents, including both drug and gun charges.

Wednesday marked the second court appearance by the father this week, after he pleaded guilty to an unrelated theft charge before Luzerne County Judge David W. Lupas. That count stemmed from an incident at Lowe’s in Wilkes-Barre Township in April.

Floyd Powell
https://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/web1_Powell-Sr-3.jpgFloyd Powell
Floyd Powell III
https://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/web1_Powell-III-1.jpgFloyd Powell III

By Patrick Kernan

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