Police: Drug raid ends with two in custody in Freeland


FREELAND, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU-TV) — The Luzerne County Drug Task Force and Hazleton City Police carried out a raid in Freeland Thursday morning following a police pursuit in Hazleton. 29-year-old Vencil Nunez and 25-year-old Shawna McKenzee were both arrested.

It began in Hazleton when police say they attempted to stop a vehicle being driven by Nunez, because he had a felony arrest warrant in connection with a narcotics investigation. This led to a police pursuit when he fled the scene, knocking down a stop sign near the James Street Playground and eventually eluding the officers.

He was later found at the Turkey Hill on Route 93 and taken into custody.

Police say they then searched his home in Freeland where Shawna McKenzee was arrested on misdemeanor charges.

According to a press release, the following was seized:

  • $53,033 of U.S. currency
  • 1 stolen handgun
  • 3000 bags of heroin/fentanyl
  • 43 grams of unpackaged fentanyl
  • 200 grams of cocaine
  • 250 grams of an unknown substance
  • 14 pounds of marijuana
  • 100+ baggies of CBD gummies
  • 300 THC vape cartridges
  • 16 bags of Nerds CBD candy
  • 7 bags of synthetic marijuana (“spice”)
  • 15 pre-rolled marijuana cigars
  • 4 digital scales
  • 3 cell phones
  • Packaging materials for marijuana and heroin/fentanyl.

Police say Nunez was charged with multiple drug-related felonies, felonies related to possessing a firearm as a felon, endangering the welfare of children and charges related to the police pursuit. They also say McKenzee will face misdemeanor charges at a later date.

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