West Pittston woman allegedly sold heroin with kids in car

By Ed Lewis - elewis@timesleader.com

WEST PITTSTON — Narcotics agents with the state Office of Attorney General arrested a West Pittston woman they allege sold heroin with children in her vehicle.

Ana Viccica, 31, of Wyoming Avenue, was arrested Tuesday in the 100 block of Exeter Avenue allegedly in possession of 17 bundles, or 170 packets, of heroin, according to arrest papers.

Viccica was arrested after narcotics agents allege she exchanged heroin for cash while caring for two children in her vehicle.

According to the criminal complaint:

Narcotics agents set up arrangements to buy heroin from Viccica on March 22.

Viccica was contacted via cell phone and agreed to exchange heroin for cash, telling the buyer to meet her in the 300 block of Kennedy Boulevard in Pittston.

Viccica allegedly arrived at the location with two children in her vehicle, the complaint says.

Narcotics agents set up a second meeting with Viccica to buy heroin on March 26.

Viccica allegedly met the buyer along state Route 315 in Pittston Township arriving with two children in her vehicle, according to the complaint.

Viccica was arraigned by District Judge Brian Tupper in Kingston Township on three counts of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, and two counts of endangering the welfare of children and criminal use of communication facility. She was jailed at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility for lack of $100,000 bail.

Court records say Viccica was sentenced by Judge David Lupas on March 8, 2017, to one to two years in jail on a drug trafficking charge that involved Kingston police finding 16 bundles of heroin inside a residence on North Thomas Avenue on May 24, 2016.

Viccica also served jail time in 2006 on a drug trafficking conviction, court records say.


By Ed Lewis