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HAZLETON, Pa. -- Hazleton Police have increased vehicle and foot patrols through Operation Pressure point and placed the area of South Pine Street on the Department's Hotspot Patrol Locations.
Based on community complaints, quality of life issues and drug activity, which has become a continuous nuisance in the area of 209 South Pine Street, the Hazleton Police Department has been patrolling and monitoring the activity in the area and strictly enforcing any such violations.
On Thursday, June 29th, around 5 o'clock in the afternoon, Hazleton Police Department responded to the area of South Pine Street for a female overdosing inside a white vehicle.
Upon arrival, patrol and narcotics detectives observed a Hispanic female, later identified as Pamela Laureano, (09/10/92) seated inside a 2003 Chevrolet bearing PA Registration suffering from an apparent overdose.
Laureano was revived and the overdose reversed with NarCan, at which time she stated she had just left “Ray’s.”
Laureano was determined to be a fugitive from justice wanted by the Luzerne County Sheriff's Department for failure to appear.
While Laureano was treated and transported to LVHH.
During that time, Hazleton Officers responded to 209 S. Pine Street (Neighborhood Nuisance) in an attempt to make contact at Raymond Pacelli’s residence.
While knocking on the door, Officers observed a white female later identified as Natalie Ann Bersavage, (09/06/66) placing a syringe in her purse.
A short time later, Mr. Pacelli answered the door and allowed Officers inside, at which time Officers observed several spoons, crack pipes and empty heroin packets in plain view.
Both Bersavage and Pacelli were taken into custody and cited for violating the City Drug Ordinance and later released.
While gathering evidence at the scene, a white male later identified as Derek Kotsko, (03/10/93) came to the back door and appeared annoyed at the presence of the officers.
Investigation determined that Kotsko was also a fugitive from the Luzerne County Sheriff's Department and had numerous warrants for failure to appear. Kotsko was taken into custody and later transported to LCCF.
While Officers were transporting Kotsko to LCCF, Hazleton Narcotics Detective's conducting surveillance in the area of 209 S. Pine Street observed Laureano attempting to enter Pacelli’s residence through the front door.
It was determined that upon arrival to LVHH Laureano, jumped out of the ambulance and fled on foot.
Laureano was again taken into custody by Hazleton Police and transported to Headquarters where she began making statements against her well being and was transported back to LVHH. Upon arrival, she became extremely combative and had to be restrained. Laureano was later cleared and was transported to LCCF.
Based on numerous complaints of drug activity, community concerns and the nuisance being created in that area by the location and frequent visitors, Hazleton Patrol and Narcotics Detective's will continue to saturate and monitor the area with a zero tolerance in effect.
Chief of Police, Jerry Speziale, issued the following statements via a press release:
"We will not allow anyone to disrupt the quality of life of our residents and those that defy logic will was swift and decisive enforcement."
"If necessary we will move this matter into the courts to condemn the property based on the health hazards and other issues effecting the community."