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Cops: 2 sold cocaine in VFW Bingo Hall

KINGSTON – Two people were arrested Wednesday after police said they sold cocaine in the VFW Bingo Hall on Wyoming Avenue.

Denise Shaffer, 35, of Edwardsville, was charged with three counts each of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia, two counts of delivery of a controlled substance, and one count each of conspiracy to commit delivery of a controlled substance and conspiracy to commit possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance.

Lawrence Vanburen, 43, of Edwardsville, was charged with three counts each of delivery of a controlled substance, possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, two counts of criminal use of a communication facility and one count each of conspiracy to commit delivery of a controlled substance and conspiracy to commit possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance.

Both are jailed at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility for lack of $10,000 bail.

According to police:

Agents with the state Office of Attorney General’s Luzerne County Drug Task Force and police in Kingston and Edwardsville arrested the pair on Wyoming Avenue in Kingston shortly after Shaffer sold Vanburen cocaine inside the bingo hall.

Police said Vanburen was in possession of five bags of cocaine and Shaffer was in possession of 15 bags of cocaine. Shaffer’s residence was searched and more cocaine and paraphernalia were found, police said.

Police suspect Shaffer was distributing approximately 8 ounces of cocaine every two weeks. The street value of 8 ounces of cocaine exceeds $20,000, police said.

Preliminary hearings are tentatively scheduled for May 30 in Central Court.

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