Three arrested on drug charges after Hazleton home raided

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HAZLETON — Three men were arrested early Tuesday when city police and the Luzerne County Drug Task Force served a search warrant at a residence, allegedly finding a large amount of heroin, crystal methamphetamine and a handgun.

Police Chief Jerry Speziale said in a news release the search warrant was executed at 127 W. Diamond Ave., where officers found 350 heroin packets, 33 grams of meth, an unknown quantity of marijuana, scales, eight cellphones, more than $8,400 in cash and a semi-automatic handgun.

The search warrant was executed after alleged heroin buys from Daneury Cana-Mejia, 25, and Hector Manuel Sanchez-Guzman, 25, during the last several weeks, Speziale stated.

Cana-Mejia, Sanchez-Guzman and Emmanuel Garcia Arias, 22, were arrested at the West Diamond Avenue home.

Two vehicles were seized and a dog was removed by a local animal shelter, Speziale stated.

The Hazleton City Code Enforcement Office was called to the house due to dog feces throughout the basement.

Cana-Mejia was charged with seven counts of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance and three counts of criminal use of a communication facility.

Sanchez-Guzman was charged with six counts of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, and Arias faces four counts of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance.

They were arraigned by District Judge Joseph Zola in Hazleton and all were jailed at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility for lack of $150,000 bail each.