Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Three Face Drug Charges After Heroin Found During Traffic Stop in Rush Township

Three individuals are facing drug charges after a traffic stop in Rush Township early Wednesday.

According to the Rush Township Police, A vehicle was stopped for a violation in the 700 block of Claremont Avenue just before 2:00am, August 1st, 2018.

During the stop, officers observed the odor of Marijuana, and also observed packaging material commonly used for the distribution of Heroin. Further investigation uncovered 114 baggies of suspected Heroin, 4.5 grams of unpackaged Heroin, and empty packaging material used in the distribution of Heroin. The unpackaged Heroin could yield 125 additional packages of Heroin without the dilution of a cutting agent. If one is used, that would increase the yield of the amount of individual Heroin baggies that the 4.5 grams could produce.

  Kenneth Rosario, 18, of Scranton was charged with 3 Felony violations and 4 Misdemeanor offenses ranging from Possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance to Endangering the welfare of children. He was arraigned by Magisterial District Judge Bayer and was committed to the Schuylkill County Prison in lieu of $50,000.00 bail.

Anthony Morreale, 35, of Pittston, was charged with being in possession of a Prohibited Offensive Weapon. At the time of the incident, he was in possession of a concealed stun gun. Morreale was also arraigned by Magisterial District Judge Bayer and was released on unsecured bail.

A 16 year-old male juvenile was charged with Felony and Misdemeanor drug charges. He was turned over to the Schuylkill County Juvenile Probation department. He was then securely detained pending further proceedings from the Schuylkill County Juvenile court system. 

The Rush Township Police Department was assisted by officers from the McAdoo, Coaldale, and the Tamaqua Police Departments.

"This is just one example of the Rush Township Police Department’s proactive approach to combating illegal drug sales and making a safer community. I would like to thank the officers from the McAdoo, Coaldale, and the Tamaqua Police Departments who assisted Rush Township PD at the scene." said Police Chief Kenneth Zipovsky.