Apartment Raid Results In Drug-trafficking Charges

April 4, 2019 GMT

WILKES-BARRE — A city man was hit with drug-trafficking charges after police say they found him in possession of marijuana and cocaine during a raid Wednesday morning.

Travis Sergio Hamlet, 25, of 390 S. Grant St., was arrested after city officials descended on his apartment building Wednesday as part of a code inspection. 

Three people connected to a series of shootings that plagued the city in February — Elijah Jones, 21, Colin King, 20, and Genrie Smith, 19 — previously resided at the apartment building. Investigators raided the location last month, seizing thousands of bags of heroin and fentanyl along with five handguns.

As a result of Wednesday’s inspection, city officials declared the property unfit for habitation because of inspection violations. All residents were ordered to vacate the premises.

During the inspection, officers smelled marijuana coming from Hamlet’s apartment. Police say Hamlet opened his door and then ran back inside after seeing officers.

Police recognized Hamlet as the target of an ongoing drug-trafficking investigation and arrested him, finding “distribution amounts” of marijuana, drug paraphernalia, a handgun and cash in the apartment. A search of Hamlet at police headquarters found him to be in possession of cocaine and crack as well, police said.

Hamlet is charged with drug trafficking, criminal use of a communication facility, drug possession, tampering with evidence, possessing marijuana and possessing drug paraphernalia. 

Magisterial District Judge Joseph D. Spagnuolo Jr. arraigned Hamlet on the charges Wednesday evening and ordered him jailed at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility with bail set at $300,000.

A preliminary hearing was set for April 16.