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Wayne Independent - Honesdale, PA
  • Growing operation is busted

  • An apparent marijuana growing operation was uncovered last week in Dingman Township in Pike County.
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  •  — An apparent marijuana growing operation was uncovered last week in Dingman Township in Pike County.
    Two people have been arrested.
    According to the Pennsylvania State Police, a drug investigation took place on March 15. Police discovered a marijuana growing operation inside the location at 128 Buckeye Lane, Pocono Woodland Lakes Development.
    Police said 51 marijuana plants were seized and "a large crop was apparently just harvested," according to Cpl. Michael T. Carroll of the Pennsylvania State Police, Dunmore Barracks.
    More than 20 pounds of marijuana processed and package for sale was seized along with cocaine.
    Fernando Valdez, Jr., 30, of Miami, Fla., was arrested on various drug charges. He was taken to the Pike County Jail and placed under $200,000 bail.
    Paul Bolivar, also of Miami, was arrested on a felony drug warrant from Florida.
     
    Liquor violation
    A liquor violation was reported at F&L Uzupes Enterprises, Inc., also known as The Pines, in Hawley.
    According to the Pennsylvania State Police Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement, the business was cited under PA Liquor Code, Section 491(10): Forfeited, adulterated and/or contaminated liquor.
    The violation was reported on Jan. 23.
    The charges will be brought before an administrative law judge who has the authority to impose penalties ranging from $50 to $1,000 for minor offenses and up to $5,000 for more serious offenses.
    In addition, the administrative law judge can also impose a license suspension or revocation of the license based on the severity of the charge brought. The judge can also mandate training for the licensee in an effort to educate them on the requirements of being a licensee.
     
    Accident reported
    A one-vehicle accident was reported on State Road 670 last weekend.
    According to state police, at 10:36 p.m., A 2003 Ford F150 driven by Jessica Gattus, 26, of Forest City, was heading south on SR 670 when the driver apparently became distracted.
    The vehicle traveled along the west berm of the roadway, traveled across both lanes of travel and then struck a rock embankment along the east berm of the road.
    The vehicle then rotated and came to an uncontrolled final rest in the northbound lane of the road.
    The incident happened about a quarter mile south of Via Sulla Ciama on the Bethany Turnpike.
    Gattus was wearing a seat belt and was not injured. Police said she will be issued a citation for crossing into the wrong lane.
    Trooper John Chervanka was the investigating officer.
     
    Liquor violation
    Another liquor violation was also reported by state police.
    Page 2 of 2 - This one happened at The Big Apple located at 938 Beach Lake HIghway.
    According to police, the incident happened on FEb. 5. It was reported the violation was serving alcohol to a minor.
    The charges will be brought before an administrative law judge who has the authority to impose penalties ranging from $50 to $1,000 for minor offenses and up to $5,000 for more serious offenses.
    In addition, the administrative law judge can also impose a license suspension or revocation of the license based on the severity of the charge brought. The judge can also mandate training for the licensee in an effort to educate them on the requirements of being a licensee.

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