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WILKES-BARRE — The Wilkes-Barre City Police Department made five arrests in drug-related incidents.

• Andrew M. Pope, 35, of Wilkes-Barre, was charged with a felony charge of manufacture, delivery or possession with intent to manufacture or deliver, and misdemeanors of resisting arrest and tampering with or fabricating physical evidence.

Police say an informant contacted Pope via telephone to buy heroin in Wilkes-Barre. A green Ford sedan driven by Robert Scorey Jr., 48, of Wilkes-Barre, arrived with Pope riding in the front passenger seat.

Police say the vehicle drove around the block and returned with the informant. The informant told police that passenger Justin Soboski, 26, of Wilkes-Barre, provided the drugs.

During a traffic stop, police say Pope opened the door and discarded an open bag of an off-white powder. Pope then allegedly reached for his waistband area, and an officer used a stun gun to subdue him.

The powder Pope dropped field tested positive as heroin.

Both Soboski and Scorey Jr. were charged with felony manufacture, delivery or possession with intent to manufacture or deliver. They are free on $5,000 unsecured bond, while Pope remains in the Luzerne County Correctional Facility as he was unable to post a $5,000 bail.

Preliminary hearings for all three will be held on Nov. 19 at 10 a.m.

• Justin John Jarski, 36, of West Pittston, was charged with a misdemeanor charge of possession of a controlled substance, a misdemeanor charge of use of drug paraphernalia and a summary offense for public drunkenness stemming from an incident that happened on Aug. 10.

Police saw Jarski and female walking through a driveway that leads to Olive Lane in the area of South Franklin Street and Sullivan Street. Jarski was found sitting on stairway cleaning a hypodermic needle with a water bottle.

Police say another used hypodermic needle was found in Jarski’s pocket when in custody, and that Jarski allegedly stated that he used the needled to inject heroine into himself. A blue bag containing tan powder was also recovered from the scene.

The white female was identified as Lee Miller, and was taken into custody for an arrest warrant from the Luzerne County Sheriff’s Office. Miller also had three hypodermic needles, according to police. The police report did not specify the charges or her age and location.

Jarski was taken to the Wilkes-Bare City Police Department Headquarters and was released on $5,000 unsecured bail. A preliminary hearing will be held at 10 a.m. on Nov. 19.

Court documents do not list an attorney for Jarski.

• Rannie L. Palmer, 27, of Wilkes-Barre, was charged with two felony charges for manufacture, delivery or possession with intent to manufacture or deliver as the result of a buy-bust operation that happened on Monday.

At 12:47 p.m., an informant called “Randy,” who was identified as Palmer to buy heroin. A meet was set in the Turkey Hill area of Hazle and Nicholson Street.

Police stopped Palmer’s vehicle in the area of Stanton and Empire Street. Money from the transaction, a cell phone and 12 packaged bags of heroin were found in Palmer’s possession. The heroin from the transaction field tested positive.

Palmer could not post a $5,000 bail and remains in Luzerne County jail. A preliminary hearing will be held at 10 a.m. on Nov. 19.

Court documents list that Palmer is represented by the Public Defenders Office of Luzerne County.

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