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WILKES-BARRE — A fugitive from New York was among three people arrested by city police and state police at Wyoming in separate drug buy arrest operations on Thursday.

Hector Alfredo Zelaya Jr., 27, of Lanning Lane, Wilkes-Barre, was arrested after he allegedly sold 200 heroin packets stamped “Blue Cheese” and “Monopoly” in the area of South Grant Street and Amber Lane at about 8:20 p.m.

A records check showed Zelaya was wanted by the New York Division of Parole.

Court records in New York indicate Zelaya was convicted of possession of a controlled substance on Staten Island, N.Y. He was paroled from a New York state prison on Nov. 21, 2012, according to the New York parole website.

Zelaya allegedly sold 200 heroin packets in a school zone on Thursday, according to arrest records.

City and state police arrested Tricia Villanueva, 43, known as Trish, of Monroe Street, after she allegedly sold crack cocaine on South Franklin Street at about 7:16 p.m.

Eric Malia, 28, was arrested at his South River Street residence at about 2 p.m. after he allegedly delivered heroin packets on Race Street. Malia was observed by authorities walking back to his residence after the alleged drug exchange, according to the criminal complaint.

City and state police have teamed up in the last two months to arrest numerous people on drug and prostitution offenses in Wilkes-Barre.

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