Heroin Problem Intensifies in Monroe County, Alleged Dealer Arrested

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STROUD TOWNSHIP, MONROE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) – Luis Delgado owns Blue Ocean Fish Market along Route 611 in Stroud Township. He had no idea the man renting a neighboring apartment above Edible Arrangements, 48 year-old James King, is an alleged big-time street-level heroin dealer.

“Oh, shocked. Very shocked. I just got a phone call last night that the guy was raided,” says Luis Delgado, owner of Blue Ocean Fish Market.

After watching King for months, police closed in on him Tuesday night.

“And we were able to locate him in Newark. We suspected he was coming back with heroin to distribute in Monroe County,” explains Officer Chris Shelly, Stroud Area Regional Police.

Police set up surveillance on the Delaware Water Gap toll bridge as King drove back into Pennsylvania.
He was arrested on West Main Street with $10,000 dollars worth of heroin. Inside his apartment, investigators found a stolen gun, meth, and more heroin.

According to court papers, King also admitted to supplying women with heroin in exchange for sex.

“It’s a good thing to get him off the streets. He was very dangerous,” says Corporal Thomas Lemond, Stroud Area Regional Police.

Stroud Area Regional Police Officer Chris Shelly and Corporal Tom Lemond say their department is flooded every day with drug related calls. They’re especially seeing more heroin overdoses and deaths, thanks to Fentanyl. Fentanyl-laced heroin is cheaper, stronger, and deadlier; a dangerous concoction hitting our streets at a dangerous speed.

“A lot of this heroin isn’t even heroin anymore. It’s Fentanyl that we’re dealing with and it’s taking this to a whole new level,” explains Officer Shelly.

Officers add, the Interstate 80 corridor makes running drugs an easy process.

“It’s a huge way to bring drugs up here. They go down to Newark, they don’t even have to go to New York anymore,” says Corporal Lemond.

Locals are glad to see police cracking down on drugs and possibly saving lives one arrest at a time.

“I don’t think it’s good for the community,” says a frustrated Delgado.

King was unable to post bail and is behind bars in Monroe County. He faces more than a dozen charges.

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