West Hazleton man arrested after illegal drugs, firearms found

By Ed Lewis - [email protected]

HAZLETON — City police said they arrested Joshua Norbert Garced, 29, on illegal drugs and firearm possession after responding to a report of a woman who was unresponsive in a vehicle late Saturday night.

Police Chief Jerry Speziale said patrol officers responded to the area of Vine and Spruce streets at about 11 p.m. Saturday for an unresponsive woman in a vehicle. The investigation led officers to discover $13,161 cash in Ziplock bags, a small amount of methamphetamine, heroin and marijuana.

Speziale said Garced, the driver of the vehicle, was allegedly in possession of a firearm with an altered serial number.

Police served a search warrant at a garage on North Locust Street where two handguns, three rifles, an AK-47 assault rifle, an AR-15 assault rifle, ammunition and large amounts of packaging materials were allegedly discovered.

Police suspect the firearms were stolen.

Garced, of West Hazleton, was charged with possession of a firearm with an altered serial number, firearms not to be carried without a license, receiving stolen property, possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was arraigned Sunday and jailed at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility for lack of $100,000 bail.


By Ed Lewis

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