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Drug raid nets five from Luzerne Street

SCRANTON – City police took five individuals into custody on Nov. 22 after executing a search warrant on a home at 1124 Luzerne St., Scranton.

Carl Van Mackes, 42, and Ann McDonald, age unknown, both residents in a second floor apartment at 1124 Luzerne St., Scranton; Scott Kulenich, age unknown, of 100 Perrin Ave., Shavertown; Brittany Churi, age unknown, of 421 15th Ave., Scranton; and Taylor Kopp, age unknown, of 32664 Belle Rd., Avon Lake, Ohio, are listed as co-defendants in the case.

According to a criminal complaint:

Police discovered the group inside the rear second floor apartment on Luzerne Street, at about 11 a.m. on Wednesday morning. Mackes and Kulenich were taken into custody inside the kitchen as McDonald allegedly attempted to through “numerous glassine packets containing heroin into the toilet and flush.”

Officers were able to grab one packet marked “Warning” from the toilet bowl before taking McDonald into custody.

Mackes admitted to holding heroin in the pocket of his hooded sweatshirt, and police found 15 packages with a stamp matching the one retrieved from the toilet.

Churi and Kopp were taken into custody in a hallway and later told police that they had Adderall in a container on a nightstand.

Mackes was arraigned Dec. 1 on two counts of possession with the intent to deliver a controlled substance and one count each of criminal use of a communication facility, possession of a controlled substance, and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was held for $50,000 bail.

McDonald was arraigned Dec. 1 on one count each of conspiracy to deliver a controlled substance, tampering with physical evidence, possession of a controlled substance, and possession of drug paraphernalia. She was held for $25,000 bail.

No charges were filed against the other three co-defendants as of Saturday morning.

All charges are pending, and preliminary hearings against Mackes and McDonald are set for Dec. 15, according to court records.

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