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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Butler Township Police are announcing the first phase in break of a marijuana manufacturing operation that was being conducted inside a Butler Township home.

On the evening of February 18, 2015, Butler Township Police executed a search warrant at 11 Mink Springs Court in Beech Mountain Lakes. The warrant was issued after an agent with the Pennsylvania State Probation and Parole provided information concerning the resident there growing marijuana.

Police found that the entire house had been utilized to grow marijuana and been stripped of furnishings and carpeting. There were more than 160 plants found growing inside the residence, some as tall as 8 feet. More than 50 “grow lights” were also seized, as well as sophisticated ventilation and electrical hook-ups. Approximately 5 pounds of processed marijuana was found.

Marijuana grow operations have been found to be a health hazard due to contamination from pesticides and fertilizers. In addition, due to the increased moisture, mold and spore growth are common. As a result, Butler Township Police called the Pennsylvania State Police Clandestine Lab Response team was summoned to the scene. The team is equipped with special knowledge and equipment to safely remove the evidence from the home.  

The investigation also revealed that electricity was being stolen. Some of the growing equipment inside the home was being operated by the stolen electricity. Electrical wiring, which bypassed the protections of the homes circuit breaker, was punched though walls and had the energized connections exposed. An investigation by PPL Utilities estimated the theft of electricity at $37,506 dollars.

Police tracked down tenant of the rented property. As a result, an arrest warrant was issued on March 2, 2015 for Daniel I. Lopez, age 36. Lopez was tracked down in Florida with the help of the United States Marshals Office. He was charged with violating state parole conditions on previous charges. He is in the process of being extradited back to Pennsylvania to face the current charges.

Lopez is charged by Butler Township Police with manufacturing a controlled substance, theft of services, criminal mischief – all felonies and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Police note that during the investigation additional pounds of marijuana and firearms were seized from other locations outside Butler Township. Those undisclosed locations are also part of a continuing investigation.

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Butler Township Police are investigating an armed robbery that occurred Monday night (3/16/2015). The robbery happened at the Adult Playtime Boutique located at 18 S. Hunter   Highway in Drums around 8:30 PM. The suspect entered the store and brandished a semi-automatic pistol at the clerk, demanding money.

The robbery suspect is described as a black male, approximately 6’1” tall and approximately 185 lbs. He was wearing a camouflage jacket with a hood pulled up over his head, dark sunglasses and a handkerchief type bandana across his face. The suspect acted aggressively toward the victim clerk and also broke items inside the store.

The male fled in an unknown direction following the robbery with an undisclosed amount of money. The victim was shaken but uninjured. Police from Sugarloaf Township and the Pennsylvania State Police assisted. Anyone with information is asked to contact Police.

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