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Just after 11pm yesterday, Hazleton Police say that Officer Brian Dubin was on patrol when he saw a grey BMW pull out from the area of 4th and Grant Streets without it's headlights on. The vehicle turned north onto Clinton Court without using its turn signal at which time a traffic stop was initiated.
The vehicle took off at a high rate of speed North on Clinton Court failing to come to a stop prior to emerging from the alley at W. 5th St., W. 6th St., W. 7th St. and W. 8th St. The vehicle turned east on W. 8th Street failing to stop at James Street. The vehicle then turned south on N. James Street. A male wearing a black jacket exit the passenger side of the vehicle and began walking at a fast pace South on N. James Street.
Officer Eric Hernandez took this male into custody in the area of 579 Peace Street after a brief foot pursuit. The male was identified as 44 year old James A Stevenson who was found to have a warrant out of HPD department for drug charges.
The driver was identified as 30 year old Shaquane Jermaine Scott who’s operator’s license was suspended. A black digital scale with a white crystalline residue on it was located on his right thigh. Scott was subsequently taken into custody. Scott had $849.00 in US Currency in his left jacket pocket and a cell phone. No paraphernalia was located inside of the vehicle or on either of their persons.
Police determined through an investigation that Scott came from Frackville to meet with Stevenson for two and a half ounces of crystal methamphetamine and meet at 4th and Grant Streets where the transaction allegedly took place. It was later determined that Stevenson was in possession of approximately 83.2 grams crystal meth which was found in the area.
Charges were filed for Possession With Intent to Distribute, Possession, Paraphernalia for both individuals and Criminal use of a communication facility and numerous traffic related offenses for Scott.
Narcotics Detective Sergeant K. Wagner was notified and responded.
Both males were processed on new charges and subsequently transported to LCCF for overnight arraignment by Officer Eric Hernandez.
"PSP and West Hazleton Police assisted, are true partners and a major part of Hazleton's successes in the fight against crime." Chief Speziale said on the arrests. "The mission of the Hazleton City Police Department is to enhance the quality of life in our City by working in partnership with the community to enforce the law, preserve peace, reduce fear, and maintain order. The Hazleton Police Department is committed to accomplishing its mission of protecting the lives and property of all the citizens and visitors of Hazleton by treating everyone with compassion, courtesy, professionalism, and respect, while efficiently rendering public safety services and enforcing the laws impartially, by fighting crime both through deterrence and the relentless pursuit of criminals."