NANTICOKE — Four people from Newark, N.J., were arraigned Friday after authorities said the defendants used a house in a school zone to package and peddle a large amount of heroin, crack cocaine and marijuana.
Police Chief Bill Shultz said city police, drug agents and the Luzerne County Drug Task Force shut down the drug haven at 424 Kosciuszko St. late Thursday afternoon.
The house is located directly across the street from Greater Nanticoke Area high school, middle school and elementary schools, and the recess yard for children.
Authorities said they found five loaded handguns, ammunition, 450 heroin packets in a shoe box, more than 50 heroin packets scattered in different bedrooms, 95 bags of crack cocaine, a small amount of marijuana, two marijuana grinders and smoking pipes, a marijuana water bong and nearly $5,000 throughout the house, Shultz said.
“This was a quick one,” Shultz said. “In less than 24 hours, we were able to get a couple of (drug) buys out of there. We got our buys that we needed and moved quick because of the school zone and not knowing the individuals in the house.”
Arrested from the house were:
• Lamarr Jamison, 27, charged with eight counts of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, four counts each of possession of a controlled substance, receiving stolen property and possession of drug paraphernalia, three counts of illegal possession of a firearm and two counts of criminal use of communication facility.
• Johnny Al Quara Jamison, 33, charged with four counts of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, three counts of possession of drug paraphernalia, two counts of possession of a controlled substance and a single count of possession of marijuana.
• Khalif Jabar Gillespie, 24, charged with four counts each of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance and receiving stolen property, three counts of illegal possession of a firearm, and two counts of possession of drug paraphernalia.
• Irene Louis, 19, charged with four counts each of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance, receiving stolen property and possession of drug paraphernalia.
They were arraigned by District Judge Paul Roberts in Kingston, and all were jailed at the county correctional institution for lack of $75,000 bail each.
The four are originally from Newark, N.J., Shultz said.
Johnny Jamison was first to reside in the Kosciuszko Street residence, with his brother Lamarr Jamison and his girlfriend, Louis, moving in a few months ago. Gillespie is believed to have moved in a few weeks ago, Shultz said.
Shultz said Lamarr Jamison was the “major dealer” at the house.
Under state law, anyone convicted of selling illegal drugs within 1,000 feet of a school faces a mandatory two-year prison sentence.
Court records from Essex County, N.J., say Gillespie was sentenced in August to two years probation on a charge he had narcotics in a school zone in May.