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WILKES-BARRE – Troopers with the Vice and Narcotics Unit at state police at Wyoming arrested a city man on charges he was peddling heroin in the Wyoming Valley since July.

Johnny Lassiter, 26, of 94 W. Chestnut St., was arrested during a traffic stop on South River Street Tuesday night. He was followed from Edwardsville by troopers who requested city police stop his vehicle, which was driven by a woman.

A small amount of marijuana was found hidden in Lassiter's sock, state police said.

Lassiter was arraigned by District Judge Joseph Halesey in Hanover Township on six counts of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, four counts of possession of a controlled substance and three counts of criminal use of communication facility. He was jailed at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility for lack of $20,000 bail.

State police allege Lassiter sold heroin on these dates:

• July 12: Lassiter was observed by troopers leaving his residence and exchanged 10 heroin packets for cash.

• Sept. 11: Lassiter was observed by troopers outside his residence and exchanged 10 heroin packets for cash.

• Nov. 5: Lassiter was observed by troopers in the area of East Northampton and North Grant Streets where he exchanged 12 heroin packets for cash.

State police said the heroin Lassiter allegedly sold on the three days tested positive.

Court records say Lassiter is also facing charges of simple assault and harassment after his ex-girlfriend claimed he assaulted her at a residence on South Welles Street, Wilkes-Barre, on Nov. 27. He was released on $2,500 bail on the domestic related charges, court records say.

A preliminary hearing on the drug charges is scheduled on Dec. 13.

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