Marijuana, cash and handgun seized during West Pittston traffic stop

By Ed Lewis -
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WEST PITTSTON — A traffic stop for dark tinted windows led to the arrest of two people and the alleged discovery of marijuana and a handgun on Monday.

Police said they stopped a vehicle with dark tinted windows in the area of Excelsior and Race streets at about 3:45 p.m. An officer allegedly detected a strong odor of marijuana from the vehicle operated by Rickita Rosso, 27, of Maine.

A passenger in the vehicle, Ricardo Perry, 23, of Scranton, allegedly told police they smoked a marijuana cigar known as a blunt prior to being stopped.

Police searched the vehicle allegedly finding a bag of suspected marijuana, a 9mm handgun and four cell phones. Perry allegedly had nearly $3,000 cash, police said.

Rosso and Perry were charged with possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and firearms not to be carried without a license. Perry was further charged with illegal possession of a firearm.

Rosso and Perry were arraigned Monday night and jailed at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility for lack of $100,000 bail each.



By Ed Lewis