WILKES-BARRE — Three people were arrested on drug-related charges after police approached their car and believed they were acting suspiciously.
Officers observed the trio inside a vehicle in the area of Blackman and Brown streets a little after 3 p.m. Wednesday and, after making contact with the occupants, found that the front-seat passenger and driver immediately began making “furtive movements,” police said.
Officers ordered the occupants to keep their hands were they could be seen, but they failed to follow orders, police said.
Police then had the front-seat passengers get out and asked the front-seat passenger, identified as Maureen Aptiliasimov, of Jones Street, Nanticoke, if there was anything illegal on her or in the car.
Police said she told them that the driver “wanted her to shove a cigarette pack down her pants,” and the pack contained drug paraphernalia, police said.
Officers retrieved the pack from the front passenger seat and found a crack pipe inside, police said.
Aptiliasimov was arrested and a search revealed she was in possession of another crack pipe along with a marijuana smoking pipe, police said.
The rear-seat passenger, identified as Charles Kizis, of Hilltop Drive, Dallas, was found to have a outstanding warrant out of Luzerne County Court of Common Pleas, and he was arrested.
The driver, identified as Linda Kastner, of Main Street, Pittston, was asked if she had anything illegal on her person, or inside her purse, and she told officers that she did not and that they could look, police said.
While looking in her purse, officers discovered a small black purse that contained two hypodermic needles and a spoon, police said.
Kizis was transported directly to the Luzerne County Correctional Facility.
Kastner and Aptiliasimov were transported to Wilkes-Barre Police Headquarters, where they were processed and released. Charges will be filed in this matter, police said.
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