Police Drug Bust Culminates in 4 Arrests

Screen shot 2013-06-05 at 4.10.25 PM High tensions grew taller today on East Diamond Avenue. And while residents of this drug-dealing apartment building wouldn’t talk to News 13 on camera, they had plenty to yell at us when we tried talking to neighbors.

Mike, who didn’t want to give his last name, says the neighbors knew the home was a drug house. He says they sent a petition to City Hall to check it out two years ago.

Mike says he’s glad the city is finally doing something about the drug-dealers in town, who he says have been setting up shop here for years

Police are amping up their presence and clamping down on drug-related crimes in the Greater Hazleton Area.

City police Chief Frank DeAndrea says police seized cash and drugs during the bust.

The four hooligans police arrested are: 40-year old Juan Santiago; 40-year-old Antonio Santiago; 31-year-old Fred Gettis and 27-year-old David Lee Hall. Police charged them with possession of a controlled substance, delivery of a controlled substance and other related charges.

Today, neighbors say, with a bigger police presence, they still see potential for Hazleton. Chief DeAndrea says he wants to want to put drug dealers behind bars, but he needs to hear from the public about where they’re hiding.

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4 Responses

  1. I AGREE 100% with the guy that said HAZLETON has gone to hell !!! I know for a fact, cause sorry to say I was born and raised in this Hellhole. I wanna thank everyone who is responsible for who has destroyed MY HAZLETON!!!!

  2. next door, right now, is a 1/2 double that, again, has alot of traffic at late hours and people who pop up and never go away. why do i NOT report this? because ive reported activities going on with the previous 15 people that lived next door (have since moved) to police AND tarah toohill herself and nothing was done. this area went to hell along time ago and no matter what the ‘hazleton people’ do or try to do, it will never be ‘home’ again

  3. reported activity by my house n was told try n get plate #’s now pennies fall from heaven LOL n no1 sees who did it just wish i was faster wit my camera ………………

  4. Mr. Juan Santiago should be ashamed of himself. He has 2 beautiful children. Unfortunately he cares about drugs more.

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