At approximately 1:50 am on Wednesday August 1st, Rush Township Police stopped a vehicle for a violation in the 700 block of Claremont Avenue. As a result of the stop, three individuals were charged.
During the stop, officers smelled an odor of marijuana, and saw packaging material commonly used for the distribution of heroin. Police uncovered 114 baggies of suspected heroin, 4.5 grams of unpackaged heroin, and empty packaging material used in the distribution of heroin.
Police cay 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, age 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, Age 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 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.
Statement of Chief Zipovsky: 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.