Arrests made after Wilkes-Barre raid


UPDATE: Eyewitness News has learned four people were arrested Tuesday after a raid on Hazle Street.

They are James Garris, 50, Jose Rojas-Tejeda, 37, and Emilio Tejeda-Arias, 32, of Wilkes-Barre and Jose Tejeda, 35, of Edwardsville.

All are facing drug charges.

Police say they were part of a drug selling operation in the Wilkes-Barre area. More arrests are expected.

WILKES-BARRE, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU-TV) – Dozens of law enforcement officers converged on a Wilkes-Barre business Tuesday.

Federal, local and county agents spent much of the day at the auto repair business on Hazle Street.

Eyewitness News has learned from sources close to the case that two people are in custody in connection with the raid.

They were arrested at the scene when police moved in Tuesday morning.

Investigators say it’s all part of an ongoing drug investigation.

Dozens of law enforcement agents searched the repair garage, vehicles and a nearby home. Investigators would only say drugs were at the heart of the search.

Eyewitness News also saw K-9’s searching the property and vehicles.

Several vehicles were torn apart by officers, apparently looking for drugs.

Bill Hogan works nearby,
“It surprised me because I know the people that run the garage, I don’t know if it’s them involved in it or who is involved, I was surprised,” said Hogan, neighbor.

Wilkes-Barre and Kingston police were there as were agents from the Luzerne County Drug Task Force and the ATF, a federal agency.

The garage has two names on the front of the building, “Yiyo Auto Repair” and “Jose’s Auto Repair.”

Bob Kadluboski runs a towing business in the city, he too was stunned by the raid.

“Well I have towed several cars into the location. I really didn’t suspect nothing but want to thank all the police agencies taking care of this in what appears to be drugs,” said Kadluboski of Wilkes-Barre.

Late in the afternoon, Eyewitness News saw a tow truck haul away a pick-up truck out of the garage, this by order of the police.

A neighbor who did not want to appear on camera tells Eyewitness News,
“I thought it was for illegal cars or whatever now I know drugs, I want to move I’m really glad I didn’t take my car over to them, I’m glad about that,” said the neighbor.

We have been unable to reach the owner of the garage.

Again, two people were taken into custody at the location in the early moments of the raid.

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