Backpack With Drugs Left At Wilkes-Barre Grocery Store

August 18, 2018

WILKES-BARRE — Someone dropped off a backpack full of heroin at a supermarket and never came back to get it.

Management officials at Schiel’s Family Market on George Avenue notified police on Monday that sometime in the recent past, an unknown male came into the store and asked an employee to watch over a backpack.

The subject left the area and did not return, city police said.

Several days later, an employee checked the bag and found that it contained numerous packages of heroin, according to police.

The employee notified police, and officers took possession of the contraband for DNA and latent fingerprint processing, police said.

Store employees were interviewed, but they could not provide a specific description of the suspect or the date that the contraband was dropped off. Neither were store officials able to provide video footage of the suspect or verify the specific date that the contraband was abandoned.

An investigation by the Wilkes-Barre Anti Crime Officer and the Luzerne County Drug Task Force is ongoing, police said.

Anyone who has any information about the identity of the suspect should notify officer Jeff Ference or Detective Dan Mimnaugh at 570-208-4234.

Anytime a citizen comes into contact with packages of suspected heroin, the package should not be manipulated, shaken, opened or, if possible, touched at all due to the dangers of exposure to Fentanyl, a common ingredient in heroin.

Exposure to small amounts of Fentanyl has been proven to be deadly, police said.

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