Last updated: January 16. 2014 11:26PM - 3887 Views
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KINGSTON — A Nanticoke man facing marijuana possession charges filed in December was arrested on similar offenses when police allegedly found 110 heroin packets and three bags of marijuana hidden in his pants.

Jahleel Khiry Owens, 21, of East Main Street, was a passenger in a vehicle that was stopped on Main Street for a license plate that was unreadable at about 7:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Police detected an odor of marijuana coming from Owens, according to the criminal complaint.

He allegedly told police he smoked marijuana about 20 minutes before the car was stopped.

Police detained Owens and transported him to Kingston police headquarters where he said, “I have dope.” He then unzipped his pants and took out a plastic bag containing 110 heroin packets and three plastic bags containing marijuana, the complaint says.

Owens admitted to police he sells marijuana and gives heroin to “friends” to sell on his behalf, according to the complaint.

Court records say Owens was released from the Luzerne County Correctional Facility on Dec. 26, when he posted $50,000 bail on similar offenses filed by Kingston police on Dec. 19.

In that case, Owens was driving a vehicle that slid into a snow pile on North Maple Avenue. An odor of marijuana was detected in the car.

Police allege they found a gallon-size bag filled with marijuana and ammunition inside the car. A juvenile passenger was found with a loaded .22 caliber handgun concealed under his clothing.

Police said the handgun was reported stolen to Wilkes-Barre police on Nov. 12.

Owens was arraigned Thursday by District Judge Joseph Carmody in West Pittston on two counts each of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

He was jailed at the county prison for lack of $100,000 bail.

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