HAZLETON, Pa. -- On Thursday, July 20th, at approximately 2:30 in the afternoon, members of the Hazleton Narcotics Bureau were acting on a tip from the departments tip line system that indicated drugs were being sold at 3rd Street and Lee Court.
Detectives surveilled a 2002 Silver Subaru occupied by (4) male Hispanics, Noel Brito (DOB–10-9-1987) (Front Passenger), Daniel Salcie (Driver) (DOB-7-26-84), Dario George Jr, (DOB-3-14-1991) (Rear Passenger), Unidentified Male from Boca Raton, Florida (Rear Passenger) and (1) female Hispanic, Krystal Brito (DOB – 12-28-1990) (Rear Passenger).
The vehicle was followed to the area of 1st and Lincoln where Noel Mejia and Krystal Brito entered and quickly exited an apartment building with Mejia carrying a shopping bag.
They entered the vehicle with the bag and were surveilled while driving erratically when a motor vehicle stop was conducted by the Hazleton Patrol Division at 6th Street and Seybert Street.
The driver of the vehicle was identified as Daniel Salcie who was operating with a suspended license.
During the stop the occupants were making furtive movements and the officers attempted to remove the all occupants from the vehicle.
While removing the occupants from the vehicle, Noel Mejia (Front Passenger) reached back into the lap of Krystal Brito in attempt to grab a weapon (Stolen loaded, Taurus 40 Caliber handgun). Officers immediately called for assistance and numerous units responded to the scene.
Officers began to remove the occupants when Noel Mejia resisted and struggled with the officers and was overcome by use of a Taser deployment.
Krystal Brito was secured and the weapon was recovered.
The scene was controlled and all were taken into custody and transported to Hazleton Police Headquarters.
Evidence revered, approximately $19,000.00 dollars in US Currency, (1) bag of Marijuana, (1) bag of Crack Cocaine, Stolen 40 Caliber Taurus Handgun – Loaded.
Krystal Brito, Hazleton, PA
Noel Mejia, Hazleton, PA
Daniel Salcie, Hazleton, PA
Dario George, Hazleton, PA
Chief Jerry Speziale
“Community collaboration played a major role and we are grateful for their support.” "We will continue to make a safer Hazleton together"