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Four arrested in police drug raids in Easton, Wilson

Police hit both places at 6 a.m. Friday

EASTON, Pa. - Four men were arrested on drug charges in a pair of simultaneous police raids early Friday in Easton and Wilson.

Search warrants were served around 6 a.m. in the 1400 block of Elm Street in Easton and the 1500 block of Washington Street in Wilson by the Easton Police Special Response Unit and the state police Special Emergency Response Team.

One of the four taken into custody is a suspected member of the Crips street gang.

Thirty-year-old Stephenson Mc Leod was arrested at the Elm Street address and is facing charges of possession of drug paraphernalia. Drug paraphernalia and .25 caliber ammunition were seized from that residence.

Police report two suspects hid inside the building on Washington Street, but eventually were arrested.

They were identified as 27-year-old Glenn Taromina and 31-year-old Patrick Gaber. Both are facing charges of possessing drug paraphernalia.

Twenty-four-year-old Ervin B. Jackson also was arrested at the Washington Street apartment and is facing charges of possession with intent to deliver cocaine.

About $700 worth of crack cocaine, cell phones and $263 were seized from the residence.

Police said that apartment  is suspected to be associated with "Crips" gang members from the Newark, N.J., area.

As detectives started to search the apartment, Taromina and Gaber hid in the basement.

They refused to surrender despite repeated commands to do so by police.

 Easton police treated the incident as barricaded subjects.

When taken into custody by the Easton police K-9 Unit, Gaber suffered minor injuries. He was treated and released.

Taromina was arrested without incident.

No officers were injured durng the raids.

The investigation is continuing into narcotics trafficking from both residences.

Easton police are investigating if any of occupants of the Elm Street residence have any information about an April 12 "shots fired" incident in the 600 block of Ferry Street. Two handguns were located on the scene during that incident.

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