KINGSTON — Thomas Ghanney of West Hazleton was arrested when Kingston police allegedly found bags of cocaine in his jacket pocket early Friday morning, according to charges filed.
The discovery was made when Ghanney, 26, was stopped for driving a Mitsubishi with a broken headlamp on Market Street.
Court records say Ghanney has been arrested twice before on peddling cocaine in the area.
According to the criminal complaint:
Police stopped Ghanney for the busted headlamp at about 1:30 a.m. Friday.
A records check showed Ghanney did not have a driver’s license. He told police he was on parole for drug sales and admitted to having “a few bags of crack in my jacket pocket,” the complaint says.
Police removed seven bags of crack cocaine and one bag of cocaine from Ghanney’s jacket, according to the complaint.
Police said in the complaint Ghanney claimed he was released from state prison about seven months ago, and was selling drugs as a source of income because he had no job. Ghanney claimed he purchased the cocaine and crack cocaine for $300 and planned to sell the drugs in Wilkes-Barre for $400, the complaint says.
A female passenger in the vehicle was released.
Ghanney was charged with two counts each with possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance and possession of a controlled substance, and one count each of possession of drug paraphernalia and driving with a suspended license. He was jailed at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility for lack of $50,000 bail.
Court records say Ghanney was arrested by Kingston police when he sold crack cocaine on Oct. 26, 2005. He was sentenced to nine to 18 months in the county correctional facility.
While Ghanney was on probation in 2006, he was arrested by state police troopers with the Vice and Narcotics Unit for his role in selling crack cocaine from a residence in the 100 block of North Pennsylvania Avenue in Wilkes-Barre in September 2006. A jury convicted Ghanney on drug trafficking charges on Aug. 9, 2007, and was sentenced to five to 10 years in state prison in October of that year, court records say.