Hanover Twp. man charged with selling crack cocaine

By Ed Lewis - [email protected]
Bradford -

WILKES-BARRE — A Hanover Township man charged earlier this year with punching an Ashley police officer during a fight outside a nightclub was arraigned Thursday on charges he sold crack cocaine.

Nathaniel Bradford, 38, of 364 Lyndwood Ave., sold cocaine from a “trap house” on Gates Street in Wilkes-Barre in April, according to court records.

“Trap house” is a slang term to describe a place where illegal drugs are sold, according to online sources.

Bradford was charged by Ashley police March 5 after he allegedly punched Sgt. Scott Davis outside Bentley’s Nightclub on Route 309 on Feb. 25.

Davis was patrolling near the nightclub when a fight erupted in the parking lot. When Davis approached the group to break up the fight, Bradford allegedly threw three punches at the officer, missing twice and hitting Davis once in the chest.

Davis punched back, striking Bradford in the face and knocking him backward.

Bradford was semi-responsive while lying on the ground. He was treated by paramedics at the scene.

Court records say charges of aggravated assault, resisting arrest, simple assault and harassment were withdrawn against Bradford at a preliminary hearing April 27.

In the drug case, state agents arranged to purchase crack cocaine from Bradford during the third week of April, records show.

Bradford was arraigned Thursday by District Judge Ferris Webby in Luzerne County Central Court on two counts of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance. He was jailed for lack of $150,000 bail.


By Ed Lewis

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