State police seized dozens of crack cocaine packets from an alleged Philadelphia drug dealer during a traffic stop Monday on state Route 115 in Bear Creek Township, according to charges filed.
Investigators say Cayre Omar Jones had the drugs hidden in a fake WD-40 can that was on the floor behind the passenger seat. He had plans to sell them to a drug dealer at the McDonald’s restaurant in Wilkes-Barre, they say.
The 21-year-old gave Trooper Mark Conrad permission to search his Cadillac sport utility vehicle and a narcotics dog led police to the drugs, arrest papers say.
Jones, of Erie Avenue in Philadelphia, was charged with possession of crack and possession with the intent to deliver crack.
Police took Jones to be arraigned by on-duty Magisterial District Judge Donald Whittaker, who ordered Jones jailed in the Luzerne County Correctional Facility for lack of $150,000 cash bail.
In addition to the criminal charges, Jones was also cited for speeding and illegal window tint, the reasons for the traffic stop, arrest papers say.
According to arrest papers:
Jones told a trooper he was coming from Philadelphia to visit an aunt, but he couldn’t explain where she lived. He said he was coming to stay for a few days, but had no luggage and admitted not having a change of clothes. A trooper noticed a Philadelphia court summons on the passenger seat, and Jones explained it was due to an “altercation” he recently had involving a gun in Philadelphia.
A trooper then asked Jones if he could search the vehicle, and Jones consented to the search. A narcotics dog soon detected drugs behind the passenger seat. Police located the false WD-40 can and found 76 packets of crack cocaine.
After the drugs were found, Jones acknowledged he was delivering the crack to a person in Wilkes-Barre, police said.