FACTORYVILLE, WYOMING COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — A third person has been arrested in a drug raid involving college students, Wednesday. Wyoming County District Attorney Joe Peters announced the arrests of the accused of trafficking drugs at Keystone College and in Factoryville Borough.
The three suspects are locked up Wednesday night and Eyewitness News was told a significant amount of drugs are off the streets and the arrests were a direct result of a month-long undercover sting.
Three Keystone College students have now been arrested for drug trafficking. State and local authorities spent Wednesday morning raiding this multi-dwelling unit and Moffat Hall at the college in Factoryville.
Wyoming County District Attorney Joe Peters said that they arrested Montez Antwone Gaskin, also known as “Tez”, who lives on College Avenue in Factoryville on multiple charges relating to alleged drug trafficking in the borough and on the campus of Keystone College.
Also arrested was Quamire Sincere Bell, also known as “Qua,” of Moffat Hall, who lives on the Keystone College campus.
“I promised the residents of the Borough of Factoryville that I would aggressively pursue criminals who would traffic illegal drugs in Factoryville and the surrounding communities. The residents of Wyoming County have a right to be free from drug traffickers and all of the ancillary crime and disorderly conduct it brings. Equally important is the notion that the peaceful and law-abiding students, faculty and administration of Keystone College should not have to tolerate crime being brought to their campus, disrupting the quality education Keystone provides.”–Wyoming County District Attorney Joe Peters
Police say Montez Gaskin and Jerell Springer and Quamire bell were arrested for selling up to half a pound of marijuana to confidential informants, according to court paperwork. Springer was also found in possession of a firearm in his dorm room.
The drug raid happened early Wednesday morning at Moffat Hall on-campus and 43 College Avenue, off-campus.
“We have been working closely with both officials at Keystone College as well as borough officials and neighbors. Out of that came the investigation which has been going on for more than a month,” said Peters.
Borough officials set up a town hall with residents, law enforcement, and the district attorney’s office to pinpoint drug activity.
“After this protracted uncover investigation we landed today in the borough and on the Keystone campus serving multiple warrants, arresting multiple people,” Peters stated.
“Keystone College takes these charges extremely seriously. We have been cooperating fully with local law enforcement authorities and will continue to do so. There is no active threat on campus. The situation is currently being reviewed under provisions of our student conduct code to determine further actions… These alleged actions are not emblematic of Keystone students,” Peters said.
All three were not able to post bail and are behind bars.