Taylor Drug Suspect No Stranger to Headlines This Week

Taylor Drug Suspect No Stranger to Headlines This Week

For the second time this week, a Lackawanna County man was forced to face a judge Friday.
For the second time this week, a Lackawanna County man was forced to face a judge.

On Tuesday, it was because he inappropriately filled out a jury summons form for his girlfriend.

Friday, he was arrested on drug charges.

We first learned Drayke Jacobs-Vantol's name on Tuesday when he showed up to court to face a contempt hearing for filling out the jury summons with racial slurs and disrespectful statements.

He said it was a joke but imagine the surprise of police officers who say he was already under investigation for drug dealing.

Members of the Lackawanna County Drug Task Force say the 23-year-old sold marijuana to a confidential informant at least two times in December. Both times the illegal drug sales are alleged to have occurred in/around his apartment in the 200 block of North Main Street in Taylor.

"It's like, you don't even know who your neighbors are. It's terrible," neighbor Iris Gambl said.

Friday morning's charges could be just the beginning.

Friday afternoon, police served a search warrant at his apartment. Officers even brought a K-9 to look for more evidence.

Neighbors say there are always people coming-and-going from the home.

"Usually when I get home from school you see a lot of people walk to the house, walk back, take off," neighbor Ray Rodriguez said. "If they're not going down that direction, they come down, make a left and go back down the back alley."

Police left the home with more suspected marijuana as well as baggies and scales.

The search Friday afternoon came after what officers smelt when arresting Jacobs-Vantol in the morning.

"They were both met with an overpowering odor of both raw (which is fresh and growing marijuana or recently cut marijuana) and burnt marijuana, marijuana that had recently been smoked," Deputy District Attorney Shane Scanlon said.

On Tuesday, when Jacobs-Vantol appeared in court to face the jury summons issue, a judge spared him jailtime.

Neighbors say if he's convicted of these new charges, he shouldn't be as lucky.

"My son is only five but there's plenty of other children around here that are old enough to know what that is and they like to experiment," Gambl said.

Drayke Jacobs-Vantol was arraigned Friday morning and he is locked-up on $25,000 bail.

Prosecutors say even more charegs are expected to be filed against him as well as other people who live in the apartment.








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