KINGSTON — A New Jersey man and his homeless associate were arrested Friday in a drug bust in which police seized more than 300 packets of heroin.
Kingston police say they received a phone call Friday morning from a confidential informant, who told them a drug deal was about to take place on Wright Avenue. The informant provided a description of the suspects and the vehicle — a red Jeep Cherokee — that would be involved.
Plain clothes detectives from the Kingston Police Narcotics Unit established surveillance in the area and saw a male fitting the description of one of the males provided by the informant in the area of Wright Avenue and Pierce Street not long after 12:30 p.m.
That male, later identified as Bryce Keron Lee Jr., was picked up by a red Jeep Cherokee with New Jersey registration plates. The vehicle was stopped and Lee was allegedly found to be in possession of 38 white packets stamped “100% PURE” in blue ink, each containing heroin, police said.
The driver, George Wormley Jr., was found to be in possession of six bricks of heroin hidden in his boxer shorts. Each brick contains 50 bags of heroin.
Police said each packet of heroin has an approximate street value of $20, which puts the total amount of heroin seized at a street value of $6,670.
Both men were charged with felony counts of possession with intent to deliver heroin, criminal conspiracy and criminal use of a communication facility and misdemeanor counts of possession of heroin and possession of drug paraphernalia. Wormley also was charged with tampering with evidence.
Police noted that Wormley, 37, of Montclair, N.J., has a criminal history, including a homicide conviction for which he served 12 years in prison, as well as numerous weapons and robbery charges.
Lee, 27, currently homeless and with a last known address of Fulton Street in Duryea, also has had several theft charges filed against him in the past few years, most of them withdrawn at the district court level.
The men were arraigned before District Judge Paul Roberts in Kingston and jailed at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility for lack of $100,000 cash bail. Their preliminary hearings are scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Jan. 15 before Roberts.