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Domestic dispute leads to drugs, arrests

Published September 01. 2012 09:02AM

A response to a domestic dispute in which shots were fired led to police finding a large quantity of drugs and two persons jailed on various drug charges.

Pocono Mountain Regional police said the incident occurred on Aug. 24 when they responded to 8959 Pheasant Lane, in Tobyhanna, to the domestic call with reported shots fired.

On scene, officers found Bernardo Cruz, 43, a short distance from the residence in possession of a handgun. He told officers he and his girlfriend, Alicia Santiago, 36, were involved in a domestic dispute in the home. He said when he left the home Santiago fired several rounds from the handgun.

Police then made contact with Santiago and took her into custody. Through the course of the investigation police found a large quantity of cocaine and drug paraphernalia, which was seized, in the home.

A further investigation, police said, revealed that Cruz and Santiago were allegedly involved in the sale of narcotics throughout the area.

Cruz was charged with possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, possession, possession of drug paraphernalia, criminal use of a communication device, public drunkenness, and criminal conspiracy. Santiago was charged with possession with intent to deliver, possession, possession of paraphernalia, simple assault, and criminal conspiracy.

Both were committed to the county prison in Snydersville, police said.

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