Convicted felon arrested on drug trafficking charges in Kingston

By Ed Lewis - [email protected]
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KINGSTON — A man released on parole from state prison in January 2017 on a drug conviction was arrested Saturday after Kingston police allegedly found heroin, cocaine and a firearm.

Police obtained a search warrant for 10 W. Dorrance St., Apt. 2, after a traffic stop involving Brandon Rashawn Diggs.

Diggs, 28, resided at the apartment on West Dorrance Street, police said.

Police said they allegedly found 136 heroin packets, 11 grams of raw heroin, 20 grams of cocaine, a firearm, cash and drug packaging materials in Diggs’ apartment.

Court records say Diggs was sentenced by Luzerne County Judge Tina Polachek Gartley on Oct. 30, 2015, to two-years to four-years in state prison after he pleaded guilty to possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance.

State police arrested Diggs and two other men during a traffic stop on North River Street, Wilkes-Barre, on Aug. 30, 2017, when heroin, marijuana and a loaded 9mm pistol were found, court records say.

Diggs was released from state prison approximately 17 months ago and remains on parole.

Diggs was arraigned Saturday by District Judge James Haggerty in Kingston on four counts of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, two counts of possession of a controlled substance and a single count of illegal possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

Diggs was jailed at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility for lack of $150,000 bail.

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By Ed Lewis

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