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Drug arrests reported

Published September 16. 2011 05:01PM

A search of a Monroe County home resulted in the arrest of two individuals on drug charges.

Pocono Mountain Regional police said following a several month investigation officers executed a search warrant on Monday, Sept. 112, at 2534 Lakeside Drive, Tobyhanna, Coolbaugh Township. Police said the search resulted in evidence being seized which indicated illegal drug trafficking.

Found in the home was about 139 bags of marijuana, packaged for street level sale, a digital scale, several hundred empty baggies of various size and assortment for the packaging of marijuana, about $1,500 in U.S. currency, a 9mm handgun with the serial numbers drilled out/obliterated from the gun, a fully load 15 round magazine of ammunition, a fully loaded 30 round magazine, along with additional loose ammunition, a bullet-proof vest/ unlawful body armor, and documents indentifying the residents of the home.

Also seized by police as a 2006 Mercedez Benz luxury vehicle.

Police said the two residents of the home were identified as Luis Figueroa, 38, and Gladys Gomez, 38. They were not home when the warrant was served.

It was learned that Figueroa had illegally obtained and was using a Pennsylvania drivers license under the name Derrick Staple to conceal his true identity. A further investigation revealed Figueroa was disqualified from possession firearms in the state.

Arrest warrants were obtained for the two and on Thursday, Sept. 15, both surrendered to police. Gomez and Figueroa were both charged with possession with intent to deliver marijuana, possession of a firearm with altered/obliterated serial numbers, criminal conspiracy, possession of illegal body armor, possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Both were arraigned before District Judge Anthony Fluegel of Tobyhanna. Gomez was released on $50,000 unsecured bail while Figueroa was committed to the county prison in Slnydersville in lieu of $100,000 bail.

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