SCRANTON — A New Jersey man Kingston police arrested with 300 packets of heroin earlier this year was indicted by a federal grand jury in Scranton on Tuesday.
Kingston police found George Wormley Jr., 37, of Montclair, with six bricks of heroin hidden in his boxer shorts and jacket during a traffic stop on Wright Avenue on Jan. 3, according to charges filed.
Each brick of heroin contains 50 packets.
Wormley was driving a Jeep Cherokee that was under surveillance by police in connection with an alleged heroin sale on Wright Avenue. A passenger in the car, Bryce Keron Lee Jr., 27, was allegedly found with 38 heroin packets, police said.
Police said the packets were stamped “100% PURE.”
Lee, of Duryea, got into the Jeep at Wright Avenue and Pierce Street expecting to receive a brick of heroin from Wormley to sell to a customer, according to the criminal complaints. Each heroin packet seized from Wormley had an approximate street value of $20, which put the total amount of heroin seized at a street value of $6,670.
Police noted Wormley has a criminal history, including a New Jersey homicide conviction for which he served 12 years in prison, as well as numerous weapons and robbery charges.
After Wormley’s arrest by Kingston police, he was charged by Wilkes-Barre police with selling heroin from a residence on Madison Street in December, according to court records.
Wormley was under surveillance when he left the Madison Street house and walk to Elm and North Main streets where he allegedly sold heroin for cash, court records say.
A federal grand jury returned an indictment charging Wormley with possession of heroin with intent to distribute in connection to the Kingston arrest.
The federal charge was the result of an investigation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Kingston police and Luzerne County District Attorney’s Office.
If convicted of the charge, Wormley faces a potential maximum sentence of 20 years in prison and a $1 million fine.
Wormley is jailed at the county prison for lack of $140,000 total bail. He is scheduled to be arraigned by a federal judge on Friday.
Lee, who was not indicted, is facing drug trafficking charges in county court. He was released from the county prison when his $100,000 bail was modified to unsecured on Jan. 15, according to court records.