Wilkes-Barre man arraigned in Operation Outfoxed drug investigation

By Ed Lewis - [email protected]
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HANOVER TWP. — A Wilkes-Barre man was arraigned Wednesday for his alleged role in a $1 million narcotics ring busted by the state Office of Attorney General last year.

Jordan Stacy, 22, known as “Rambo” and “Scrams,” was charged in connection with Operation Outfoxed, an undercover investigation by state agents that targeted heroin and crack cocaine trafficking from New York City to the Wilkes-Barre area.

Nearly 50 people were charged in August and October.

Stacy was initially accused in August of six counts of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, and one count each of participating in a corrupt organization, criminal conspiracy and criminal use of a communication facility.

Stacy, last known address as North Franklin Street, was part of the drug ring allegedly led by Brian “Fox” Francis, 36, of North Hancock Street, Wilkes-Barre, according to a news release from the Attorney General’s Office.

It was alleged Francis obtained drugs in New York City and enlisted others who delivered the narcotics from a network of motels and houses in the area.

Francis and his crew allegedly sold nearly $3,000 of illegal drugs a day for more than a year, the release states.

Francis and three others in the alleged trafficking organization, Karon “Mad Dog” Varick, 26, of Brooklyn, New York; Andrew “June” Pope, 39, of Logan Street, Wilkes-Barre; and Brian “Dread” Jackson, 54, who resided at a motel on Kidder Street, Wilkes-Barre; were indicted by a federal grand jury in April, state Deputy Attorney General Bill Abraham said Wednesday morning.

The indictment alleges Francis and Varick delivered in excess of one kilogram of heroin and 280 grams of crack cocaine, and Pope and Jackson delivered in excess of 28 grams of crack cocaine. Jackson also was involved in the delivery of an unknown quantity of heroin and was in possession of a 9-mm pistol during the alleged drug transactions, according to the indictment.

Francis, Varick, Pope and Jackson remain in federal custody.

Earlier this week, a federal judge denied a request by Francis to be temporarily released to the custody of his brother to attend their grandmother’s funeral in Brooklyn, according to federal court records.

Francis’ grandmother’s funeral was held Tuesday.

In an unrelated case, Stacy was further charged with driving a vehicle while under the influence of marijuana during a traffic stop at South Sherman and Dana streets, Wilkes-Barre, on May 21, 2017.

Stacy was arraigned by District Judge Joseph Halesey in Hanover Township and jailed at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility for lack of $225,000 bail.

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By Ed Lewis

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