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Traffic Stop Leads To Arrests

At approximately 2313hrs, February 26, 2019, Officer Brian Dubin, while on routine patrol in the City of Hazleton observed a grey BMW, bearing Pennsylvania registration at West. 4th Street and Grant Street parked on the south side of W. 4th Street. The BMW immediately started traveling east on W. 4th St. without its headlamps illuminated. 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 light skinned 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 later took this male into custody in the area of 579 Peace Street. The male was identified as James A Stevenson (07/29/74) who was found to have a warrant out of HPD department on Det. Gadola’s drug charges.

Contact was made with the vehicles operator who was identified Shaquane Jermaine Scott (01/17/89) 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.

Investigation revealed, Scott came from Frackville to meet with Stevenson for the 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.

Charges were completed 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.”


Scott (Pic 1)                                                                                                                                                                     Stevenson (Pic 2)


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