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Man allegedly dealt drugs out of Kingston hotel

April 05. 2013 11:56PM

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KINGSTON — A Wilkes-Barre man was arrested Friday after an undercover drug investigation centered around his alleged activities at a Kingston motel.

Police allege that James King, 46, of South Street, was selling illegal drugs out of a room at the Budget Inn on Wyoming Avenue.

According to separate criminal complaints, Kingston police and officers with Swoyersville police acting as members of the Luzerne County Drug Task Force met with a confidential informant on March 30, who later that day made a controlled purchase of heroin from a man using the alias “Mel” and staying in a room at the motel.

Further investigation revealed that King was the man who sold the drugs, police said.

An undercover officer with the task force then arranged a drug buy from King on Friday and bought five packets of heroin for $100, court records said.

In connection with the alleged March 30 incident, King was charged with delivery of a controlled substance, possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance and possession of a controlled substance.

He was charged with identical counts in connection with Friday’s alleged incident as well as two counts of criminal conspiracy and one count of criminal use of a communication facility. Details of his Friday night arraignment were unavailable before press deadline.

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