WILKES-BARRE — City police said they seized heroin packets, pill tablets, marijuana and contraband inside a South Welles Street house where a 10-year-old child resided with her mother.
Six people were arrested when police served a search warrant at 135 S. Welles St. on Friday.
Police said Nicole Genella, 41, was the legal tenant of the resident. Her child was “within arm’s reach of several amounts of narcotics,” police said.
Genella, Danielle Levy, 35, same address, Ronnie Jones, 55, of Lincoln Plaza, Al-Quadir Hubbard, 24, of Elm Street, Diemah Murray-Muse, 28, of South Sherman Street, all of Wilkes-Barre, and James R. Love, 54, address listed as homeless, were charged with drug-related offenses. They were jailed at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility for lack of $5,000 bail each.
A search warrant receipt says police seized 66 heroin packets, money, marijuana and assorted pill tablets from the house and pockets of clothes several of the suspects were wearing.
According to the criminal complaints:
Police raided the house after witnessing an alleged drug sale on South Welles Street Friday afternoon.
Hubbard was spotted trying to discard 30 heroin packets when police entered the house, the complaint says.
A backpack found in the child’s bedroom allegedly contained an unlabeled pill bottle containing multiple heroin packets and a wallet containing Levy’s identification card.
Police said in the complaints Jones and Love were each found with packaged bags of marijuana in their pockets. Four pill bottles with unknown tablets were found in Genella’s purse and 20 heroin packets were allegedly found in Murry-Muse’s purse, the complaints say.
Six heroin packets were allegedly found in a pill bottle held by Genella’s juvenile son, police said.
Preliminary hearings are scheduled on Thursday before District Judge Martin Kane in Wilkes-Barre.