HANOVER TWP. – Township police first charged Donnell Lee on drug possession charges after allegedly finding marijuana and contraband while investigating a domestic disturbance at his Lee Park Avenue apartment on Sunday.
The next day, Lee, 32, was charged with kidnapping for ransom after Quandrea Anthony reported he held her at gunpoint for several hours inside the apartment.
Anthony's alleged kidnapping claim upped Lee's bail from $10,000 to $60,000. He remains jailed at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility.
According to the criminal complaint:
Police responded to 229 Lee Park Ave. after 911 received a phone call with no one talking on Sunday. Lee opened the door and police detected a strong odor of marijuana.
Lee told police he was arguing with a woman while talking on a phone, but later recanted, saying the woman was taking a shower.
While police were at the apartment, they allegedly spotted marijuana, shrink-wrap plastic bags, a shrink-wrap machine and two scales, the complaint says.
Lee said he uses the wrap machine to package meat. No meat was found in the refrigerator and freezer, police said.
After police arrested Lee and he was arraigned on drug offenses on Sunday, Anthony reported to police that Lee held her at gunpoint and threatened to kill her and her aunt, according to the complaint.
Anthony said she called 911 but was unable to talk to the dispatcher, the complaint says.
Lee is facing charges of kidnapping for ransom, false imprisonment, unlawful restraint, simple assault, possession of a controlled substance, possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.
A preliminary hearing is scheduled on Dec. 4.