HONESDALE—A pair of drug dealers operating out of Honesdale were arrested last week after the results of an undercover investigation by the Wayne County District Attorney's (DA) Office.
According to a release from DA Patrick L. Robinson, Daniel S. Kemery, 34 of Beach Lake, was arraigned before Magisterial District Judge (MDJ) Linus Myers on May 31 and Stephen Cable, 41 of Honesdale, was arraigned before MDJ Bonnie Carney, both on felony charges relating to the sale of heroin.
Kemery was charged with one count of Conspiracy to Deliver Heroin, one count of Delivery of Heroin – both felonies – and one count of Possession of Heroin – a misdemeanor.
Cable's charges included one count of Conspiracy to Deliver Heroin and one count of Criminal Use of Communication Facility, both felonies, the latter ranked as a third degree.
Both are being held in the Wayne County Correctional Facility awaiting an appearance in Central Court today at 9:00 a.m.
Kemery's bail was set at $35,000 and Cable's at $50,000.
According to the affidavit of probable cause written by investigating officer, Chief Detective Peter C. Hower, the DA's Office has been working with a confidential informant (CI) throughout May of this year to confirm the operation run by Cable and Kemery.
The CI had purchased heroin from Cable several times in the past and agreed to arrange a purchase under the observation of Wayne County detectives.
“Between May 6, 2018 and May 17, 2018, the CI made contact with Cable via text message and arranged to purchase two bundles (20 bags of heroin) from Cable for $200,” states the affidavit.
Detectives Hower, Bendersky and McMorrow observed the exchange of drugs and money, $200 in pre-recorded U.S. Currency provided by Hower.
When later interviewed by Hower in the detective's office, the CI “stated that after knocking on Cable's front door, Kemery exited the residence while Cable stood in the doorway,” court papers state.
The CI identified Kemery as Cable's heroin supplier.
Court papers state the CI noted Kemery still had several bundles of heroin in a bag in his shirt pocket after handing the CI the negotiated two bundles.
Hower's later examination of the bags showed that, “Each bag appeared to be stamped with the mark 'KRT 8' in red ink,” according to the affidavit.
Conscious of the possibility of fentanyl laced into the substance, Hower did not separate the bags to photograph them.
Instead, court papers state, “The heroin was secured in our evidence room and will be submitted to the PSP Crime Lab for analysis.”