HAZLETON, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — Five alleged drug dealers have been put behind bars after police say they conducted a months-long narcotics investigation.

According to the Hazleton City Police Department, as a result of a five-month-long investigation, detectives issued six arrest warrants for multiple drug dealers.

During the investigation, officers used confidential informants to purchase crack/cocaine from five of the six suspects identified as;

  • Miguel Sanchez
  • James Oliver
  • Elizabeth Gonzales
  • Colleen Kinney
  • Joel Valentin-Gonzalez
Top Row: Sanchez, Oliver, Bottom Row: Gonzales, Kinney, Valentin-Gonzalez

On Friday detectives executed a search warrant at an apartment behind the Capri Bar in Hazleton and as a result, officers seized the following;

  • 20 grams of crack/cocaine
  • Multiple cellphones
  • $1,522 in cash
Hazleton City Police

Sanchez, Oliver, and Gonzales were denied bail. While Kinney and Valentin-Gonzalez were given $100,000 bail.

At this time police stated an active arrest warrant has been issued for the sixth person allegedly involved in the drug trafficking investigation.