Police: Man arrested with crack cocaine, pot on way back from NYC

By Ed Lewis - [email protected]

PLAINS TWP. — State agents and Scranton officers followed a car from the Poconos area to Plains Township to intercept drugs purchased in New York City that were intended to be sold locally, court papers say.

Authorities said they learned a passenger in the vehicle, Anthony Nieves, 25, last known address as Carey Street, Plains, went to New York to pick up a shotgun, marijuana and crack cocaine.

According to a criminal complaint:

Authorities learned Nieves and two others traveled to New York in a champagne-colored Saturn and would return to Wilkes-Barre on Route 115.

A Scranton officer waited in the area of Routes 115 and 940, an area known as Blakeslee Corners, where he spotted the Saturn at about 11:15 p.m. Wednesday.

The Saturn was followed until Plains Township police conducted a traffic stop near East Mountain Boulevard at about 11:42 p.m.

A Winchester 12-gauge shotgun was in the Saturn’s back seat.

Nieves was detained and searched, and that’s when crack cocaine and marijuana were found in his underwear.

He was arraigned by District Judge David Barilla in Forty Fort on charges of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance and firearms not to be carried without a license. He was jailed at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility for lack of $125,000 bail.


By Ed Lewis

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