WILKES-BARRE — A convicted drug felon free on bail while he awaits another trial on trafficking offenses was arrested Monday after undercover authorities conducted a drug sting in Wilkes-Barre.
Authorities allege Tieast Frazier, 36, of New York, N.Y., agreed to sell heroin and arrived driving a Ford Fusion in the area of New Alexander and Edison streets just before 7:30 p.m.
Frazier spotted surveillance officers in the area and refused to go through with the transaction, court records say.
He fled at a high rate of speed, throwing a bag out the passenger-side window, police report. Frazier was apprehended several blocks away, authorities said.
They recovered the bag that allegedly contained crack cocaine and MDMA, commonly known as ecstasy.
Court records say Frazier was sentenced in Luzerne County Court in September 2003 to one to two years in prison on a drug trafficking offense, and sentenced again in February 2017 to one year probation on a drug possession charge.
Frazier’s trial on drug trafficking charges stemming from his arrest by city police in July 2017 has been continued several times. He was released from prison after posting $75,000 bail on Aug. 28, 2017, records show.
Frazier was one of three people arrested by authorities in drug/buy operations Monday.
John Longfoot, 24, of Howard Street, Wilkes-Barre, was arrested when he allegedly sold heroin on Grant Street, Wilkes-Barre. Authorities learned Longfoot sets up drug sales using a social media app, court records say.
Meanwhile, Lasheena Richardson, 31, of Scott Street, Wilkes-Barre, was arrested when she allegedly sold heroin on George Avenue in the city.
Frazier, Longfoot and Richardson were arraigned by District Judge Donald Whittaker in Nanticoke on Tuesday.
Frazier was charged with two counts of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance and one count each of possession of a controlled substance, fleeing or attempting to elude police and criminal use of a communication facility. He was jailed at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility for lack of $100,000 bail.
Longfoot and Richardson were separately charged with possession with intent to deliver, possession, and criminal use of a communication facility. They were jailed for lack of $50,000 bail each.