Plains couple involved in drug, false rape allegations granted bail

By Ed Lewis - [email protected]
Donald Cromer -
Christine Cromer -

WILKES-BARRE — A district judge Friday modified bail conditions for a Plains Township husband and wife on drug trafficking charges, paving the way for their release.

Donald Cromer, 43, and Christine Cromer, 37, also have made headlines in connection with Christine’s alleged false-rape accusations against state troopers and charges that Donald chained his wife to a radiator during a domestic dispute.

The two were arrested at Luzerne County Central Court on April 3 on charges they sold crystal methamphetamine. Prior to their arrest that day, Donald Cromer was at central court for a hearing on a false imprisonment charge in the domestic.

Both had been free on bail in their previous cases at the time of the drug arrest, but then were jailed in the drug case without bail. For nearly a month, the Cromers asked to be released.

Friday brought relief when District Judge James Dixon imposed $100,000 unsecured bail each, permitting their release from the county lockup pending any detainers.

Court records reviewed later Friday suggested the couple had posted bail.

State police allege Donald Cromer sold meth to a buyer at his Maffett Street residence Feb. 14, and with his wife Christine delivered meth to a buyer on North River Street on Feb. 15. Donald also delivered meth to a buyer on North River Street on March 15, according to criminal complaints.

Donald Cromer waived a hearing and now faces trial on four counts of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, three counts of possession of a controlled substance, and two counts each of criminal conspiracy and criminal use of a communication facility. He also faces a single count of false imprisonment.

Christine Cromer will stand trial on two counts each of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance and criminal conspiracy, plus one count each of possession of a controlled substance and criminal use of a communication facility.

Donald Cromer
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Christine Cromer
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By Ed Lewis

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