NJ Man Charged With Drug Trafficking

August 21, 2018

A New Jersey man faces drug trafficking charges following a series of controlled drug purchases in Wilkes-Barre and Wilkes-Barre Twp. earlier this year. Roger Alakeem Williams, 35, of Newark, New Jersey, sold heroin to a confidential informant on several occasions between April and July, according to affidavits filed by the state Attorney General’s Office. Those transactions took place at various locations, including the parking lot of Wilkes-Barre Twp. Marketplace in Wilkes-Barre Twp. and the McDonald’s restaurant on East Northampton Street in Wilkes-Barre, according to the affidavits. Investigators found 155 bundles of suspected heroin when they took Williams into custody on July 12 at Coal and Empire streets in Wilkes-Barre, the affidavit states. Investigators charged Williams with multiple felony counts of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, as well as criminal use of a communication facility. Williams was arraigned Monday before Magisterial District Judge Michael Dotzel. He is free on $25,000 unsecured bail pending a preliminary hearing before Dotzel scheduled for Aug. 30. Wilkes-Barre police charged Williams with drug trafficking and related offenses in December 2015, according to court records. He pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia, while felony charges were dropped. Contact the writer: emark@citizensvoice.com 570-821-2117

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