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Police Bust Heroin Operation in Nanticoke
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Police have busted another major drug operation in Nanticoke.

Police say Hector Lopez and Karl Traynham, both of Nanticoke, along with William Reid and Nigel Sandy, both of Brooklyn, New York, are the latest to be thrown in jail during a major drug raid in the city of Nanticoke.

Police moved in at a home on East Main Street in Nanticoke, and seized 842 bags of heroin, 34 grams of crack cocaine, a firearm, and $3,500.

Back in September, police and task force agents raided another home and dismantled a meth lab.

Detective Bill Shultz of the Nanticoke police calls the recent busts in the area part of a much bigger problem.

"There is a drug problem in Northeastern Pennsylvania and Nanticoke is no different than any other community. We have been proactive with the state police and state attorney general's office," said Shultz.

People who live and work in Nanticoke say they`re frustrated by the amount of drugs that are coming into their community.

For the last 20 years, Eli Panagakos has run the bus stop cafe and says he's seen the neigthborhood change. He praises the police efforts, but says it's a tough battle.

"Outsiders bringing this stuff in are really causing the problem here and I see the police are cracking down. As soon as they arrest these guys someone else will set up shop. I mean, supply and demand. These guys are gone somebody else will take over, you know that," said Panagakos.

"As soon as they arrest these guys someone else will set up shop. I mean, supply and demand. These guys are gone somebody else will take over, you know that," added Panagakos.

"Yesterday afternoon I received a call from my informants saying there`s going to be a lot of dope sick people in the area with that amount of heroin taken off the street," added Shultz.

Detective Shultz says his team will continue to be proactive on keeping drugs out of Nanticoke.

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