A cocaine dealer left his three young children home alone Wednesday night when he went out to complete a drug deal in Kingston, police say.
Damon A. Mears, 31, was arrested by undercover officers upon making the sale as part of a pre-planned drug bust by Kingston police in a Luzerne County Drug Task Force assignment.
Mears is charged with possession of and possession with the intent to deliver cocaine, possession of drug paraphernalia and criminal use of a telephone.
According to arrest papers:
Police were in contact with a male with the street name of "Nick" who was selling cocaine in the area. After speaking to the man, arrangements were made to complete a sale for cocaine at 79 W. Union St.
Investigators set up audio and video surveillance and stationed officers inside and outside the meeting location.
The man, later identified as Mears, handed undercover officers a tied plastic bag containing cocaine.
Mears was immediately arrested.
Police later determined Mears left his three children, ages 11, 8 and 5, home alone on Hancock Street in Wilkes-Barre while he went out to sell the drugs.
Police said Mears has a "very extensive and violent" criminal history that includes firearms, assault and various other charges, mostly in Philadelphia.
Mears faces a mandatory minimum punishment of two years in state prison if convicted of the current charges.
He was jailed in the Luzerne County Correctional Facility in lieu of $40,000 cash bail.
June 4, 2010
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