LARKSVILLE — A mother’s suspicion about her daughter’s activities led police to arrest a visiting friend who was wanted as an alleged heroin dealer.
Officers were called to an Elm Street home at 2:30 a.m. Monday by the unnamed woman, who claimed she entered her daughter’s room and found several empty packets thought to have contained heroin, a spoon and a needle.
Police did not find any of those items upon arrival. They proceeded to run records checks on the daughter and one of her friends who was in the house, Kelci P. Jones, 25, of 1038 South Market St., Nanticoke. Officers soon learned that Jones was wanted on a Nanticoke Police Department warrant.
According to court records, Jones sold several bags of heroin, in packages labeled “the best,” to a confidential informant in August.
Investigators said the informant made the purchase from Jones using $60 in serialized currency, and that state police lab tests confirmed that the substance was heroin.
The informant watched as Jones allegedly purchased an unknown amount of heroin from an unknown man in a black Nissan in the 300 block of East Noble Street on the afternoon of Aug. 12, then sold four of those bags to the informant.
“The bags were typical white wax paper and appeared to have been reused/recycled. This is a common practice in the Nanticoke area amongst heroin traffickers (who) have the users return the empty bags,” police wrote in an affidavit.
The next day, the informant called Jones and arranged a second buy, investigators said, picking Jones up at her home and driving to meet her alleged supplier, whose name was not indicated. The informant turned four more bags over to police after the encounter, according to the affidavit.
Jones faces six counts of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, and two counts each of criminal use of a communication facility, possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Larksville police on Monday transported Jones from the Elm Street home to the Luzerne County Correctional Facility. She remained there Tuesday in lieu of $20,000 bail.
A preliminary hearing before District Judge Donald L. Whittaker was set for 1 p.m. Oct. 9.