Hazleton man facing heroin, gun charges

By Times Leader Staff
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HAZLETON — Through the use of an informant, police arrested a Hazleton man for allegedly selling 200 bags of heroin and also taking possession of what he believed to be two stolen firearms.

Hilario Tapia Balcacer took guns that were actually disabled firearms, which were provided to the Luzerne County Drug Task Force by federal authorities, a press release states.

The suspect was arrested immediately after Thursday’s transaction, according to Hazleton Police Chief Jerry Speziale.

Tapia Balcacer is now facing felony counts of delivery of a controlled substance, criminal use of a communication facility, receiving stolen property and solicitation to receive stolen property. The last two counts are related to the firearms involved in the alleged incident.

Speziale thanked the drug task force, West Hazleton police and the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives for their help in making the arrest.

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By Times Leader Staff