Two arrested on drug trafficking charges

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KINGSTON — Police arrested two people on drug charges after allegedly finding crack cocaine during a traffic stop on Northampton Street early Monday morning.

Police said they stopped Jose Hernandez for driving a Saturn that had an expired registration at about 5:34 a.m.

According to the criminal complaint:

Hernandez was sweaty and bleeding from injuries on his forehead and hand. Police noted Hernandez matched the description of a man who sped away from the scene of a fight in Plymouth.

Hernandez claimed he was involved in a fight but it was a disagreement.

As Hernandez was being questioned, police allegedly noticed a bag of crack cocaine on the ground next to him and on the driver’ seat of the Saturn.

A passenger in the vehicle, Britany Marie Taylor, 18, of Main Street, Kingston, allegedly surrendered a crack pipe and empty heroin packets.

Taylor told police the fight in Plymouth occurred during a deal for crack cocaine.

Police searched Taylor’s phone allegedly finding text messages related to crack cocaine purchases.

Hernandez and Taylor were arraigned by District Judge James Tupper in Luzerne County Central Court on two counts of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, and one count each of criminal conspiracy, possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and criminal use of communication facility. Hernandez was further charged with a second criminal conspiracy count.

Hernandez was jailed at the county correctional facility for lack of $15,000 bail, and Taylor was released on $15,000 unsecured bail.

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