By Kaylee Lindenmuth
HOMETOWN - Three were charged after Rush Township Police found over 100 baggies of heroin in a Hometown traffic stop overnight.
According to Rush Township Police, the traffic stop occurred just before 2:00am Wednesday in the 700 block of Claremont Avenue.
Officers observed an odor of marijuana, and packaging material commonly used in the distribution of heroin.
Further investigation revealed 114 baggies of packaged heroin, and 4.5 grams of unpackaged heroin, which police say "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."
"This is just one example of the Rush Township Police Department’s proactive approach to combating illegal drug sales and making a safer community," said chief Ken Zipovsky. "I would like to thank the officers from the McAdoo, Coaldale, and the Tamaqua Police Departments who assisted Rush Township PD at the scene."
Charged as a result were Kenneth Rosario, 18, of Scranton, Lackawanna County; Anthony Morreale, 35, of Pittston, Luzerne County; and a 16-year-old juvenile whose place of residency was withheld.
Rosario faces three felony violations and four 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.
Morreale 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.