Narcotics Unit

The narcotics unit investigates and prosecutes all types of criminal cases involving controlled substances, including trafficking, delivery and possession related offenses.  Additionally, the narcotics unit also prosecutes cases involving gun crimes and gang related activities commonly associated with the trafficking of controlled substances.

The Lackawanna County District Attorney’s Office Narcotics Unit utilizes a proactive approach by working closely with a specialized detective unit dedicated to seeking out drug traffickers. Conducting investigations into those individuals who traffic drugs gives them not only the ability to arrest and prosecute traffickers but to lower the supply of controlled substances in Lackawanna County.  The narcotics detectives consist of four full time detectives and their drug detecting K9 partner Riggs.

In addition to these dedicated detectives, the Lackawanna County District Attorney’s Office also oversees the operation of the Lackawanna United Drug Enforcement Taskforce (L.U.D.E.T.).  This taskforce is a network of police officers from the Scranton Police Department and municipalities all throughout Lackawanna County who are specially trained in narcotics investigations.  L.U.D.E.T. officers operate under the authority of the Lackawanna County District Attorney’s Office and conduct investigations of street level drug trafficking within the various municipalities county wide.

While the Lackawanna County District Attorney’s Office knows that a proactive approach is necessary to stop the flow of narcotics into the communities of Lackawanna County, we also understand that we can’t arrest our way out of this problem.  Lackawanna County is not immune to the opioid, prescription pill and heroin epidemic being seen nationally.  Right here at home we are in a fight for the lives of our citizens.

District Attorney Shane Scanlon recognizes the alarming rate that individuals are succumbing to their addiction.  With this in mind, in July of 2016 District Attorney Scanlon launched an office initiative called HeroinHitsHome.com.  The website is a place where community members can go to report suspicious activity in their neighborhoods, get information about prescription and other drugs found in our community and learn how they can help spread the word in their local communites.  Most importantly, community members can find information about rehabilitation and recovery centers where individuals who suffer from the disease of addiction can go to get help.  Let’s end this horror.  Visit the website at heroinhitshome.com and join our fight!

 

For more information contact:

Deputy District Attorney Michael J. Ossont

ossontm@lackawannacounty.org

(570) 963-6717