Police Blotter

By Ed Lewis - [email protected]
Moore -

WB man charged

with drug trafficking

KINGSTON — A man was arraigned Monday on charges he was peddling drugs in Kingston.

Jhaquil Armoni Moore, 23, of Old River Road, Wilkes-Barre, was arrested by Wilkes-Barre police on an arrest warrant from Kingston on July 6.

According to a criminal complaint:

At the time of Moore’s arrest in Wilkes-Barre, he was in possession of Percocet pills, marijuana, cash and two cell phones.

When Kingston police searched Moore, they found a bag of Fentanyl in his boxer shorts.

Moore was arraigned on charges of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was jailed at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility for lack of $150,000 bail.

Court records say he is facing drug trafficking and possession charges in county court stemming from a traffic stop for speeding on the South Cross Valley Expressway in Hanover Township on Nov. 24.

State police allege Moore was under the influence of marijuana and had a bag of pot and Oxycodone pills in his pockets.

Two face charges over

counterfeit $100 bill

KINGSTON TWP. — Township police charged two people with passing a counterfeit $100 bill at the Citgo service station on Memorial Highway last month.

Kimberly Joy Price, 30, of Beverly Drive, Kingston, and Jeffrey Sarkowski, 29, of Mathers Drive, Trucksville, were arraigned Monday by District Judge Thomas Malloy in Wilkes-Barre on charges of forgery and theft. Price was further charged with unsworn falsification to authorities. They were each released on $5,000 unsecured bail.

According to criminal complaints:

A manager at Citgo reported a counterfeit $100 bill was used to purchase cigarettes June 23. Price began working at the store as a cashier that day and accepted the counterfeit bill from Sarkowski.

Police reviewed surveillance video that recorded Sarkowski giving Price a $100 bill to purchase cigarettes, and Price giving Sarkowski change during the transaction.

WB man facing gun crimes

WILKES-BARRE — City police charged Deshawn Mercer, 25, of South Washington Street, with firearm offenses after he allegedly discarded a handgun during a foot chase Friday.

When police tried to stop Mercer, he ran away and dropped a gun that had an altered serial number in the area of Garfield and Sambourne streets, authorities report.

Police said Mercer is a convicted felon who is not permitted to own, carry or possess a firearm.

Mercer is charged with illegal possession of a firearm, possessing a firearm with an altered serial number, firearms not to be carried without a license, reckless endangerment and disorderly conduct.

The charges were filed this week with District Judge Richard Cronauer in Wilkes-Barre.


By Ed Lewis

[email protected]