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Burglary report leads to 4 arrests

Drug-related charges filed after police respond to report of two men entering a house.

HAZLE TWP. – A response to a report of a burglary in progress led to the arrest of four people after state police found several drugs inside a Back Street home on Monday.

Marcos Antonio Colon, of 244 Bond St., Apt. 8A, Brooklyn, N.Y., and Juan Gonzales, of 11 Bender Place, Cliffside Park, N.J., were seen climbing into a window, state police at Hazleton said.

Two people inside the house, Jeremy Thomas Corra, of 534 Cedar St., Freeland, and Yiraina Carolina Diaz, of 417 W. First St., Hazleton, were sleeping.

A state police trooper who responded to the burglary observed illegal drugs inside and later made the arrests, police said.

Colon, 21, and Gonzales, 23, along with Corra, 21, and Diaz, 18, were charged with criminal conspiracy, possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, and possession of a controlled substance, according to court records.

They were taken to the Luzerne County Correctional Facility. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for July 29 at Central Court.

State police said they seized 6 ounces of cocaine, 356 ecstasy tablets, 2 pounds of marijuana, 28 unknown green tablets, a half-pound of psilocybin mushrooms, several stolen inspection and emissions stickers and $963 cash.

Hundreds of plastic bags for packaging the drugs, written records of sales and other paraphernalia also were recovered.

According to a criminal complaint filed by state police Trooper Corey D. Wetzel:

Wetzel responded to a report of a burglary in progress at 41 Back St. in the Ebervale section of Hazle Township around noon Monday. The place was last rented by Corra and Diaz, who were asleep in the residence, police said.

Two of Corra’s friends, Gonzales and Colon, decided to climb into the residence through a window after they knocked at the door and did not receive an answer, the complaint states. It was reported to police as a burglary because the two were seen climbing through the window.

Wetzel observed suspected marijuana and drug paraphernalia at the home, along with Pennsylvania inspection and emission stickers, which appeared to be stolen, the report states.

A search warrant was prepared and approved by District Judge Joseph Zola, Hazleton.

Diaz told police Gonzales and Colon were friends with her boyfriend, Corra, and have been to the Back Street residence two or three times. She then said they both bring drugs to the place and package the drugs into baggies.

“I saw them do this two times,” Diaz told police.

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