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February 11. 2014 11:08PM

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WILKES-BARRE — A woman who appeared before a Luzerne County judge for sentencing on drug offenses was allegedly in possession of marijuana, pills and contraband, according to charges filed.

Sheriff deputies charged Desiree Mary Keller, 33, state Route 29, Hunlock Township, with eight counts of possession of a controlled substance, four counts of possession of marijuana and a single count of possession of marijuana. The charges were filed with District Judge Martin Kane in Wilkes-Barre and mailed to Keller.

According to the criminal complaint and court records:

Keller appeared before Judge Lisa Gelb on Feb. 4 to be sentenced on charges of tampering with evidence and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Kingston police alleged Keller was found with crack cocaine, marijuana and heroin during a traffic stop on Market Street on May 28. Keller hid two bags of heroin and marijuana in the rear seat of a cruiser, arrest papers say.

When she appeared before Gelb for sentencing, during which she received one-year probation, sheriff deputies arrested her on a warrant from the county Domestic Relations Department.

Sheriff deputies allege they found marijuana, eight unidentified tablets in a makeup bag, a marijuana pipe with residue, and two marijuana cigarettes in a cigarette pack in Keller’s purse, the complaint says.

A preliminary hearing on the latest charges is scheduled on March 6.

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