Butler Township Police, in conjunction with the Hazleton City Police Narcotics Unit, arrested 3 people Thursday afternoon following 2 separate undercover drug operations in the city. The combined operation yielded 374 packets of heroin, along with crack cocaine and more than $1900 dollars. 2 of the people arrested were wanted on outstanding warrants.

The first operation was carried out around 1 pm near the intersection of Clinton Court and Third Streets. Officers were conducting surveillance in the area when they observed Chris Cabrera, age 21, who goes by the street name “Snowman”, conducting a drug transaction. Cabrera met a second individual and was about to do a drug transaction when he was arrested.

Officers located 154 packets of heroin and 12 bags of crack cocaine, packaging material and more than $1000 cash inside his room at 560 Peace Street, Hazleton.   Cabrera was charged with 2 counts of possession with intent to deliver, felonies and 2 counts of possession of a controlled substance, a misdemeanor. Cabrera was also wanted on charges of DUI, possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. He was arraigned on the drug traffic charges and lodged in the Luzerne County Prison in lieu of $50,000 bail.

The second operation took place around 5 pm at the intersection of N. Locust and Third Streets in Hazleton. Police arranged for the delivery of heroin from Passion Tairi Flores, age 24 of W.   Birch Street in Hazleton.   Officers observed Flores drive to the location where the drug sale was arranged. As officers closed in, Flores accelerated her vehicle to try and get away, but struck an undercover vehicle which prevented her escape. Flores and her passenger, Anthony Morales, Jr, age 22 of Brooklyn, New York were arrested.

Officers recovered 220 heroin packets and almost $900 in the vehicle. Flores was charged with possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance and criminal use of a communication facility; both felonies and possession of a controlled substance; a misdemeanor. Morales was charged with possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance; a felony and possession of a controlled substance, a misdemeanor.

Flores and Morales were arraigned on the charges and lodged in the Luzerne County Prison in lieu of $50,000 each. Morales was also wanted by Schuylkill County authorities on outstanding charges.

Butler Township Police and Hazleton City Police are members of the Luzerne County Drug Task Force. The case was developed by Butler Township Police following a drug investigation in their jurisdiction.

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20150322 Press release drug arrest

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