$100K Pot Bust in Pa. Mall Parking Lot

Authorities say 2 men drove 20 pounds of marijuana from the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre area to seel in Northeast Philly

Two men allegedly drove from Wilkes Barre, Pa. to the Franklin Mills Mall Thursday to sell 20 pounds of high-grade marijuana.

Little did they know the potential buyers were actually undercover officers with the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Dangerous Drug Offenders Unit.

Antony DeRosa, 39, of Wilkes Barre and Eric Boehm, 47 of Goshen, N.Y. were arrested after allegedly trying to sell the weed around 10 p.m. and charged with drug dealing, drug possession, conspiracy and related counts. Investigators confiscated the 2002 Chrysler Voyager minivan the men were driving, according to the District Attorney’s Office.

After getting a search warrant, investigators say that they found $100,000 (street value) worth of weed in 20 vacuum-sealed bags stuffed inside a suitcase that was hidden under some painting materials in the back of the minivan.

Both men were sent to county jail on $200,000 bail and the District Attorney’s office says a Nebbia hearing is scheduled for Jan. 25 to make sure that money used for bail wasn’t obtained through illegal means.

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