Last updated: February 27. 2014 11:38PM - 2319 Views
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WILKES-BARRE — Five men were arrested Wednesday on charges they sold heroin in the city.

Jamar Howard, 33, David Torres, 25, Nihiem Behlin, 25, Darrell “Butter” Butler, 23, and Emilio Santiago, 36, were arrested in separate buy-bust operations.

Officers with the city’s Anti-Crime Unit and troopers with the state police Vice and Narcotics Unit teamed up for arrests.

Four of the five men have current cases and prior criminal convictions in Luzerne County Court.

• Howard served jail time for marijuana and heroin possession in 2002 and 2004.

• Torres is free on $25,000 bail he posted on charges he sold heroin on North Washington Street, Wilkes-Barre, in October.

• Butler was released from the county correctional facility on Dec. 21 when he was sentenced to time-served on cocaine trafficking offenses.

• Santiago is facing separate counts of false identification to authorities related to a traffic stop in Wilkes-Barre on July 25, and a fight in Edwardsville on Dec. 23.

According to the separate criminal complaints:

• Santiago allegedly sold heroin in a parking lot on Hazle Street.

• Butler was arrested when he allegedly exchanged heroin for cash in the area of South Sherman and Northampton streets.

• Authorities allege they found heroin hidden in Torres’ rectum after he sold heroin in the area of Nicholson Street.

• Howard was arrested after he allegedly sold heroin in the area of Sheridan and East Northampton streets.

• Behlin was arrested after he allegedly sold heroin in the area of South Sherman and Northampton streets.

The five men were arraigned Thursday by District Judge Paul Roberts in Kingston and jailed at the county prison for lack of $50,000 bail each.

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