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Scorched Baggies Lead Police to Heroin Dealer

on Thursday, 14 June 2012. Posted in Breaking News, Heroin

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A heroin dealer in Scranton did not let a fire to his apartment building stop his business, and he was later busted selling scorched bags of the drug from his hotel room, where he was displaced after the fire. According to, those scorched bags lead police to discovering the dealer's identity.

On June 5th, a fire tore through an apartment building in Scranton, leaving 12 residents homeless. Shaun Terry, 32, relocated to the Red Carpet Inn, where he began conducting business as usual. Prior to that, undercover officers had arranged a hand-to-hand heroin deal with Terry, but were still unsure of his identity.

Officers were redirected to the Red Carpet Inn, where they purchased heroin from Terry. After the buy, officers noticed the bags that held the drugs they just purchased were scorched. With knowledge of the fire on June 5th, authorities were able to ascertain the dealer's identity. They made one more buy before they arrested Terry.

Shaun Terry has 23 bags of heroin, $915, and the cellphone used to arrange police transactions. He was charged with three counts each of delivery of a controlled substance and criminal use of a communication facility as well as one count each of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

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