Pot bust at Franklin Mills

Frank­lin Mills is a pop­u­lar shop­ping and tour­ism des­tin­a­tion, but out-of-town­ers An­thony DeR­osa and Eric Boehm had oth­er plans when they vis­ited the sprawl­ing mega-mall last Thursday, au­thor­it­ies say.

DeR­osa, of Wilkes-Barre, and Boehm, of Gos­hen, N.Y., al­legedly wanted to sell 20 pounds of high-grade marijuana. Prob­lem was, their an­ti­cip­ated buy­ers were ac­tu­ally un­der­cov­er agents from the Phil­adelphia Dis­trict At­tor­ney’s Dan­ger­ous Drug Of­fend­ers Unit.

The agents ar­res­ted DeR­osa, 39, and Boehm, 47, in the mall park­ing lot shortly after 10 p.m. for drug pos­ses­sion and dis­tri­bu­tion, con­spir­acy and il­leg­al use of a com­mu­nic­a­tions device. Both de­fend­ants re­main in jail at Cur­ran-From­hold Cor­rec­tion­al Fa­cil­ity, each in lieu of $200,000 bail. They are sched­uled for a Jan. 25 pre­lim­in­ary hear­ing.

Ac­cord­ing to the DA’s of­fice, the men drove to Phil­adelphia from Wilkes-Barre in a 2002 Chrysler minivan with the marijuana in the back of the vehicle. They al­legedly packed the drugs in 20 va­cu­um-sealed plastic bags, which they stuffed in­to a suit­case. The drugs are worth about $100,000 on the street, the DA’s of­fice said.

The ar­rests were part of an on­go­ing in­vest­ig­a­tion in­to nar­cot­ics traf­fick­ing from Wilkes-Barre/Scrant­on to Phil­adelphia. Phil­adelphia po­lice as­sisted in the op­er­a­tion. ••

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