Friday, August 30, 2013

Police Arrest Two in Early Morning Drug Bust

Two people were arrested early this morning at 679 Bushkill Street, on the
edge of Easton's West Ward, and charged with various drug-related offenses.
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 Two people were arrested and charged with various offenses following the execution of a narcotics search warrant just after 6 a.m. this morning at a residence in the 600 block of Bushkill Street, the Easton Police Department reports.

The home's residents were also under scrutiny in relation to a shooting incident that took place last month at the intersection of Seventh and Northampton streets, authorities said. One man was arrested and charged earlier this month in that incident, but police are still seeking the second suspect.

Barbara McNeil, 31, faces charges of possession of a controlled substance and delivery of heroin, along with charges of giving false identification to law enforcement from a prior warrant for her arrest. Police say she delivered the heroin to vice detectives on a previous date.

Sean Bookman, 24, was also arrested at the 679 Bushkill St. residence. Police said he will be charged via a summons for possession of a small amount of marijuana.

The raid was conducted after a several month long investigation into heroin dealing and Bloods gang activity at the residence, authorities said. It was conducted by the EPD Vice Unit. 

The investigation is ongoing, relating to the other suspected gang members associated with the residence, they added.

In addition to McNeil and Bookman, there were six minor children in the home when police raided it, ranging in age from 1 to 16 years, police said. They were reportedly turned over to other  family members.

One police officer reportedly sustained an unspecified injury due to a fall during the operation, police said. He was reportedly treated and released on the scene.

Police added that the home is set to be investigated by the city codes enforcement office for violations related to living conditions there, but did not say what those conditions might be.

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