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Large quantities of crack, powder cocaine found

Published January 21. 2011 05:00PM

Three persons were arrested on Wednesday in Monroe County on drug charges and other counts. Two of the three were jailed.

Pocono Mountain Regional police said after several months of investigation a male fugitive and alleged drug dealer named Adrian Hendricks, also known as "Smalls," was apprehended after being observed leaving the Wal-Mart store in Mt. Pocono. Hendricks, police said, was wanted by authorities in Patterson, N.J. since September of 2009, for a robbery involving a firearm.

Police said Hendricks was observed leaving in a vehicle and a subsequent vehicle stop was made. Initially Hendricks was found to be in possession of a small amount of marijuana, which was located in his pocket. At the time, a female, identified as Jessica Simpson, 29, of Pocono Summit, was in the vehicle. She was found to be in possession of prescription medications which she did not have authority to have and she was placed under arrest.

A further investigation lead police to 1105 Fern Way in the Stillwater Lakes community. Found at that residence was Laura Lucas, 21, of Tobyhanna, who was later identified as Hendrick's girlfriend.

Police said she was found in possession of large quantities of crack and powder cocaine along with a digital scale, and baggies used to package cocaine for street level dealing. Also found was marijuana and illegal prescription medication. Police said Lucas was found to have about 53 bags of crack and powered cocaine with an estimated street value of $5,300.

Police also said evidence was found implicating Hendricks in the illegal trafficking of narcotics and his possession of crack and powder cocaine. Police added that Lucas knew Hendricks was a fugitive from justice and helped hinder his apprehension.

The investigation also revealed that Hendricks used a New York state driver's license belonging to "Hilton Hendricks" to avoid detection. Hendricks had the license in his possession when taken into custody.

Lucas was taken into custody and charged with possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, criminal conspiracy, criminal use of a communication device and hindering apprehension, all felonies; along with misdemeanor counts of possession and possession of drug paraphernalia. She was arraigned before duty District Judge Daniel Whitesell and committed to the county prison in Snydersville in lieu of $75,000 bail.

Hendricks was also committed to the county prison in lieu of $250,000 bail on the fugitive from justice charge. He was also charged with flight to avoid apprehension and criminal conspiracy, felonies, and misdemeanor count of identity theft. He is also facing drug charges. Bail of $100,000 was set on the new charges.

Simpson was released after being charged with possession and possession of drug paraphernalia.

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