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News Eagle - Hawley, PA
  • Warrant served at local hotel 

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  • WESTFALL TWP. - Pike County District Attorney Ray Tonkin announced the arrest two individuals in Westfall Township on charges related to heroin and cocaine trafficking.  On June 25th detectives from the district attorney’s office, along with the Eastern Pike Regional Police Department, served a search warrant issued by Magisterial District Judge Alan Cooper to search for evidence of heroin trafficking in a room at the Hampton Inn hotel in Westfall Township.
     After receiving information from the Eastern Pike Regional Police Department, and the Chief of the Delaware Valley School Police, detectives from the district attorney’s office began an investigation into heroin sales at two hotels in the area.  During the investigation, investigators learned that Rashawn Cooks would sell heroin from rooms at different hotels in Westfall Township. 
    As part of the investigation, police detained Rashawn Cooks and Melissa Schultz, after conducting a purchase of heroin from Cooks and Schultz.  Detectives learned that Cooks and Schultz were in the process of moving from one hotel to another.  Detectives then obtained a search warrant for a hotel room at the Hampton Inn.  In the hotel room police discovered 1243 bags of heroin, approximately three grams of crack cocaine, and some powder cocaine.  Detectives also seized over $ 4,700.00 in cash. The potential street value of the drugs seized was over $20,000.00.
     Rashawn Cooks, age 29, of Paterson, New Jersey, is charged with two counts of Possession with Intent to Deliver a Controlled Substance, for both heroin and crack cocaine found in the hotel room; and Criminal Conspiracy to Deliver a Controlled Substance, both felonies.  Cooks was arraigned before Magisterial District Judge Cooper and placed in the Pike County Correctional Facility in lieu of $ 300,000.00 bail.
     Melissa Schultz, age 32, of Milford, Pennsylvania, is also charged with two counts of Possession with Intent to Deliver a Controlled Substance: and Criminal Conspiracy to Deliver a Controlled Substance, both felonies.  Schultz was arraigned before Magisterial District Judge Cooper and placed in the Pike County Correctional Facility in lieu of $100,000.00 bail.
     Both face preliminary hearings before Magisterial District Judge Fischer on July 2, 2014.
      Tonkin stated: “This seizure was one of the largest seizures of heroin in Pike County.”  “The police officers and detectives involved did an outstanding job of investigating the information they obtained and developing the case to allow for the seizure of a large amount of drugs and money.”
     Tonkin noted that this was the second drug trafficking set of arrests in a week for selling drugs from a hotel. Investigators from the District Attorney’s Office will be contacting local hotels to request they call the District Attorney’s Office if they observe suspicious behavior that could be related to drug activity.
    Page 2 of 2 -  Anyone with information on drug activity is asked to call the Pike County District Attorney’s Office at 570-296-3482 and ask for the Detective Bureau.  All calls will remain confidential.
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