HANOVER TWP. — Two Edwardsville residents were arrested on drug trafficking charges after police stopped a vehicle for dark window tint and allegedly found uncut heroin and marijuana in a purse.
Quaheem Holmes, 26, and Mary Mazza, 24, both of Williams Street, Edwardsville, were arraigned Thursday on charges of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance and criminal conspiracy with intent to deliver a controlled substance. Holmes was also charged with a second count of criminal conspiracy.
They were arraigned by District Judge Gerald Feissner in Freeland and jailed at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility for lack of $20,000 bail each.
Police said Holmes was driving an Audi on Lee Park Avenue at about 8:45 p.m. Wednesday when an officer spotted the vehicle having dark-tinted windows that prevented viewing into the passenger side. Holmes was stopped in a shopping plaza on West End Road.
Holmes told police he knew why he was being stopped because Kingston police had stopped him for the tinted windows. During the stop, police noticed Mazza, sitting in the passenger seat, and Holmes making furtive movements inside the vehicle.
Holmes told police he did not have anything suspicious in the car and permitted police to search the vehicle.
Police allege in the complaint they found a bag of marijuana and a cigarette pack with uncut heroin inside a purse that was in the vehicle, according to the complaints. Police also found two cellphones and $353.
Holmes told police he has been unemployed since December 2012 and does “side” jobs. Mazza told police she did not know marijuana and heroin were in the purse, the complaints say.
Preliminary hearings are scheduled on Oct. 22 before District Judge Joseph Halesey in Hanover Township.