HANOVER TWP. — Four drug suspects were recently arrested as part of work by the township’s narcotics unit in conjunction with state agents from the Attorney General’s office and other local police.
The four arrested were identified as Justin Carlos Paneto, 25, of Park Avenue, Wilkes-Barre; Tara Moore, 35, of South Main Street, Hanover Township; Merle E. Gommer III, 36, of West Green Street, Nanticoke; and Raymond Santero-Bartiromo, 34, of Puritan Lane, Wilkes-Barre.
Here’s the information released by Hanover Township police on each suspect:
• Paneto, formerly of South Main Street, Hanover Township, was taken into custody on an arrest warrant for drug trafficking charges. They stem from alleged drug deals he made on South Main Street.
Paneto, who was hiding inside a residence on Park Avenue, was apprehended with the help of Wilkes-Barre officers.
He was arraigned by District Judge Joseph Halesey and charged with two counts of criminal conspiracy, two counts of delivery of a controlled substance (heroin and crystal meth), two counts of possession with the intent to deliver a controlled substance, and two counts of possession of a controlled substance.
He was sent to the Luzerne County Correctional Facility for lack of $100,000 straight cash bail.
• Tara Moore was also arrested on a warrant for trafficking charges for alleged drug deals on South Main.
Moore faces two counts each of criminal conspiracy, delivery of a controlled substance (crystal meth and alprazolam), possession with the intent to deliver a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance and one count of criminal use of a communication facility.
She was unable to pay 10 percent of bail set at $100,000 and transported to the Luzerne County Correctional Facility.
• Merle E. Gommer III, 36, of West Green Street, Nanticoke, allegedly had drugs, guns, and paraphernalia during a raid Aug. 15.
Officers apprehended Gommer inside the residence.
Inside, officers said they seized: a Ruger .22-caliber semi-automatic handgun, crystal meth, heroin, marijuana, LSD hits, steroids, large assortments of pills and tablets, cash, and drug paraphernalia commonly associated with drug dealing.
Police estimated the street value of the confiscated drugs at approximately $10,000.
Gommer was charged with four counts of delivery of a controlled substance and four counts of possession of a controlled substance.
He was remanded to the Luzerne County Correctional Facility for lack of $150,000.
• Raymond Santero-Bartiromo turned himself in at the Hanover Township Police Department about noon Saturday, authorities say.
Santero-Bartiromo was arraigned on a lone charge of criminal conspiracy to deliver a controlled substance.
He was remanded to the Luzerne County Correctional Facility for lack of 10 percent of $40,000 bail, or $4,000.
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