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WILKES-BARRE — City police and state police troopers with the Vice and Narcotics Unit arrested five people in unrelated buy-bust drug stings on Wednesday.


According to the criminal complaints:


• Johnathan M. Simmons, 23, of Culver Street, Forty Fort, was charged with selling heroin in the area of North Grant Street and Amber Lane at about 12:55 p.m., which is in a school zone. Police had to stun Simmons with a Taser when he allegedly attempted to run away.


Simmons was charged with possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance and criminal use of communication facility. He was jailed at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility for lack of $50,000 bail.


• Omar Bell, 30, of South Franklin Street, Wilkes-Barre, was charged with selling heroin in the area of North Street and North Pennsylvania Avenue at about 2 p.m. Police allege they found 23 heroin packets in his vehicle.


Bell was charged with possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance and criminal use of communication facility. He was jailed for lack of $50,000 bail.


• Lateefa Harris, 28, and Jasmin Conaway, 27, both of Carey Avenue, Wilkes-Barre, were charged after Harris allegedly sold heroin in the area of South Franklin and Academy streets at 3 p.m. Several heroin packets were allegedly found concealed in Harris’ underwear. Police said Harris has six felony convictions in New Jersey on drug and firearm offenses. Conaway was allegedly found with a small amount of marijuana, police said.


Harris was charged with two counts of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, and one count each of possession of a controlled substance and criminal use of communication facility. He was jailed for lack of $200,000 bail.


Conaway will be charged at a later date, police said.


• Emily Merte, 18, of Elk Street, Hanover Township, was charged with selling heroin in a parking lot at South Main and Academy streets just before 4 p.m.


Merte was charged with possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance and criminal use of communication facility. She was jailed for lack of $50,000 bail.


 
 
 
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