HAZLETON — Two men released after posting bail on alleged drug trafficking offenses were arrested again when they allegedly resumed their illegal sales.
Dawer A. Pimentel, 18, of Winters Avenue, Hazleton, was under surveillance Tuesday by city police and agents with the state Office of Attorney General while meeting with Adam Rosario Castro, 26, on Columbus Court.
When the decision was made to arrest the two, Castro drove away, prompting a pursuit that ended in the Columbus Court playground and the seizure of 13 bricks of heroin, about 650 packets, and 4 pounds of marijuana, according to charges filed.
Court records say Pimentel has been free since he posted $50,000 bail on Sept. 25 on charges he sold heroin in a supermarket’s parking lot on May 10.
Castro, of East Diamond Avenue, Hazleton, was released Nov. 1 when he posted $75,000 bail on charges he discarded a bag filled with 462 grams of marijuana, 40 heroin packets and 2.5 grams of crack cocaine during a foot chase in Hazleton on March 16, according to court records.
Their latest arrests happened after authorities watched Pimentel and another man, who was not charged, driving around in Hazleton making several stops with individuals getting into his car and quickly exiting. Pimentel stopped next to a Ford Explorer on Columbus Court, picking up Castro, and driving around the block before returning to the Ford, according to the criminal complaint.
Castro left Pimentel’s car and got into the Ford. Authorities moved in to arrest Pimentel and Castro.
Pimentel was quickly arrested as Castro drove away and abandoned the Ford near a playground. Castro was arrested when he was unable to scale a fence.
A bag Castro discarded during the foot chase allegedly contained a large amount of heroin and marijuana, the complaint says.
Pimentel was charged with possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance and criminal conspiracy. He was jailed at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility for lack of $50,000 bail.
Castro was charged with two counts of possession of a controlled substance and a single count of criminal conspiracy. He was jailed at the county prison for lack of $75,000 bail.
Two other men were arrested by city police on drug trafficking charges.
Elvin Valdez-Jimenez, 20, of South Bennett Court, Hazleton, was arrested Tuesday when he was allegedly found in possession of 650 heroin packets after a drug sale in the area of Seventh Street.
Jeremy Adam Falensky, 25, of Ebervale, was arrested after alleged heroin sales in September.
Valdez-Jimenez was jailed at the county prison for lack of $80,000 bail, and Falensky was jailed for lack of $75,000 bail.