Cops: West Pittston man hid cocaine, pipe behind genitals

By Ed Lewis - [email protected]
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WEST PITTSTON — A man from West Pittston found shaking and yelling in the middle of the street in January had a small bag of cocaine and a pipe hidden behind his genitals, according to court papers filed Tuesday.

Police said the suspected cocaine and pipe were discovered as Brandon Jack Strok, 30, was changing into a hospital gown a Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center on Jan. 28.

According to a criminal complaint:

Police responded to Montgomery Avenue near an elementary school for a man shaking and convulsing in the middle of the street. When an officer arrived, they recognized the suspect as Strok, who was yelling and screaming.

When an officer attempted to move Strok, he grabbed the officer’s jacket and attempted to take the officer’s handcuffs. Strok kicked at the officer and was eventually restrained.

Strok later told police he had suffered a seizure, and he was not under the influence of drugs. He was transported to be evaluated at Geisinger Wyoming Valley.

While changing into a hospital gown, police discovered Strok had concealed a small bag of a white substance and a pipe behind his genitals.

The substance was analyzed at the state police crime lab and tested positive for cocaine.

Strok was arraigned Wednesday by District Judge Thomas Malloy in Luzerne County Central Court on charges of possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and disorderly conduct. He was released on $5,000 unsecured bail.


By Ed Lewis

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