Lansford man arrested on drug charges
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Samuel Miletto, second from left, is taken away by Lansford Police Chief John Turcmanovich, left; Lansford Police Officer Christopher Ondrus, front; and Summit Hill Police Chief Joseph Fittos, right.
Local law enforcement helped the Pennsylvania Office of the Attorney General arrest a Lansford man on drug charges Friday.
Samuel J. Miletto, 43, also known as Kenneth Miletto, of 6 E. Patterson St., faces three felony charges of manufacture, delivery, or possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, and three misdemeanor charges of intentional possession of a controlled substance by a person not registered.
The drugs involved include crack cocaine, OxyContin and marijuana.
Miletto, who moved to Lansford from Philadelphia, was arraigned before District Judge Casimir Kosciolek, Lansford, and jailed in Carbon County Correctional Facility when he failed to come up with $75,000 bail.
A preliminary hearing before Kosciolek is scheduled for 3:45 p.m. May 1.
The office of the Attorney General was assisted by Lansford Sgt. Jack Soberick and Officer Brian Horos, Carbon County Drug Task Force members.
According to the arresting officer, identified in court documents as Office of the Attorney General's Bureau of Narcotics Investigations agent Charles W. Horvath, here's what happened:
On Friday, the officers executed a search warrant at 6 E. Patterson St. to further a crack cocaine investigation. Miletto, the target of the investigation, was arrested when he came to the front door. He waived his Miranda warnings, and told police where crack cocaine and a digital scale were located, in a second floor front bedroom. Miletto admitted to selling crack cocaine, and possessing it with the intent to sell it.
A search of that bedroom resulted in the seizure of the following significant items: About 10 grams of suspected crack cocaine, packaged in 12 plastic bags; about 20 grams of suspected marijuana, packaged in five plastic bags; 49 suspected tablets of OxyContin, 40 mg.; $640, including expended advanced funds; three digital scales; and a white Apple phone.
The crack cocaine, marijuana and yellow tablets were field tested positive for the drugs they were suspected of being. They were then packaged and sent to the Pennsylvania State Police Wyoming Regional Laboratory for further analysis.
Miletto has an extensive criminal history in Philadelphia. In 2000, he admitted helping a friend burglarize the home of an 82-year-old Philadelphia woman while she was in the hospital for heart surgery.
In 1999, Miletto was indicted by federal authorities in a $20,000 Beanie Babies Internet scam.