Authorities seize large sums of money, bankrupt drugs | New
Authorities seized more than $ 100,000 and large amounts of marijuana, Adderall and other drugs on Friday after learning of a Waverly Twp. the man used his South Abington neighborhood. nail salon to sell drugs, investigators said.
Members of the Lackawanna District Attorney’s Office and Blakely Police Department began investigating Tung Khac Du, 43, and his girlfriend, Nhan Thanh Tran, 40, both from 106 Old Field Road, Township. of Waverly, in April, County Detective Corey Condrad and Blakely. Senior patroller Peter Petrucci has written in several criminal complaints. Throughout their investigation, they organized several controlled purchases of Du’s ecstasy, or MDMA, and other drugs outside of his home and nail salon, Nails 1st, 661 Northern Blvd., South Abington Twp.
Petrucci and Condrad began their investigation on April 7 when they met a confidential informant who knew a man named “Tommy”, later identified as Du. The informant told investigators that “Tommy” sold ecstasy in his nail salon and that he used his employees to obtain prescriptions for Adderall from various doctors, which he then sold, according to the complaints.
Investigators organized controlled purchases of ecstasy between the informant and Du on April 7, April 13, April 19, April 21, April 28, May 4 and May 6. On one occasion, Du offered the informant a quarter pound of marijuana. , which means the informant would reimburse him later, according to the complaint.
Du was either driving Nails 1st drug sales, often getting them from a vehicle in the parking lot, or meeting the informant in a business parking lot on South State Street at Clarks Summit. During the controlled purchases, detectives staked Du’s home and business, including monitoring his vehicle, wrote Condrad and Petrucci.
The month-long investigation culminated at 9:30 a.m. on Friday when authorities from the district and township attorney’s office in Blakely, Olyphant and South Abington. Police departments executed search warrants for Du’s home, nail salon, and vehicles.
Inside Du and Tran’s home, authorities reported finding:
- $ 119,245 in cash
- 2150 Adderall tablets
- 76 pink square MDMA tablets – the same tablets the informant bought
- About 58 grams of cocaine
- About 8.9 pounds of marijuana
- 797 packets of THC edibles
- 139 psychedelic chocolate bars containing 4 grams of psilocybin mushrooms in each bar
- 200 pre-rolled marijuana cigars
- Two glass jars of THC wax
- A .22 caliber rifle
They also seized $ 13,966 at various locations inside Nails 1st and found nine bags containing a total of about an ounce of marijuana inside Du’s vehicle, according to the complaints. Investigators also took several computers and a cell phone.
In a statement praising detectives and members of the Lackawanna County Drug Task Force, District Attorney Mark Powell described the drug theft as “a major withdrawal from a large-scale drug operation selling large amounts of money. of several hazardous substances ”.
“This is a great example of what can happen when police departments all work together to root out drug dealers and make our communities safer,” said Powell.
Du is charged with 36 counts related to drug transactions, including possession with intent to deliver, criminal use of any means of communication and related charges. Tran faces eight counts, including possession with intent to deliver, criminal conspiracy, and other similar counts.
The two were arrested and brought to justice on Friday, with Du’s bail set at $ 300,000 and Tran’s at $ 200,000. Preliminary hearings for Du and Tran are scheduled for May 20 at 9:15 a.m.