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Four charged with hindering

HAZLETON – Four people were charged by police Wednesday morning for their alleged role in denying authorities access to a residence to arrest a man suspected of peddling cocaine.

Dartagnan Jimenez, 28, Darwin Aquino Vargas, 20, Jonathan Vargas, 21, and Yris Pichard Aquino, 44, all from Hazleton, were charged with two counts of hindering apprehension and prosecution.

Jonathan Vargas and Aquino were released on $10,000 unsecured bail. Jimenez and Darwin Vargas were jailed at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility for lack of $5,000 and $10,000 bail, respectively.

According to the criminal complaints:

Police were assisting authorities with the state Office of Attorney General’s Bureau of Narcotics Investigation on Tuesday with rounding up 17 people suspected of taking part in a $10.4 million cocaine trafficking ring.

When authorities arrived at 342 W. Chapel St., Hazleton, to arrest one of the alleged traffickers, identified as Osvaldo Jimenez-Aquino, 28, they were denied access to the house by Jimenez, Darwin Vargas, Jonathan Vargas and Aquino.

During a confrontation at the front door, police said, Jimenez-Aquino attempted to climb out of a second-floor window.

Authorities with the state Attorney General’s Office said 17 people were charged as a result of a 10-month investigation that focused on the distribution of cocaine in Hazleton.

Preliminary hearings are tentatively scheduled on June 4 in Central Court.

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