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Guns, Drugs Seized at Traffic Stop in Pennsylvania

Guns, Drugs Seized at Traffic Stop in Pennsylvania

Hazleton, Pennsylvania: A man has been apprehended following a routine traffic stop, during which law enforcement discovered a collection of illicit substances and firearms that had been reported stolen.

On January 15 at approximately 2:30 p.m., the Hazleton City Police Department conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle operated by Frederick Clinkscales, a 47-year-old resident of Philadelphia. The reason for the stop was equipment violations.

According to the police, upon noticing that Clinkscales was in the car with a woman known for drug use, detectives observed various signs of potential criminal activity, prompting them to obtain a search warrant.

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Officers were granted permission to search the car, and the following items were seized, according to investigators:

  • $1,921 in cash
  • Five small clear plastic ziplock baggies with blue glassine packets containing suspected fentanyl
  • Black Ruger handgun that was reported stolen
  • Silver and black Kahr Arms handgun that was reported lost
  • Magazines and ammunition
  • Three phones

During the traffic stop, officers observed that the woman inside the car was apprehended for disposing of multiple items of drug paraphernalia onto the roadway.

The Hazleton City Police have reported that their investigation led them to a nearby motel, where they found a significant amount of suspected methamphetamine and numerous baggies containing suspected fentanyl. These substances were discovered inside a locked bag in one of the motel rooms.

Individual faces multiple charges related to drugs and firearms. He has been ordered to pay a bail amount of $175,000 and is currently being held at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility.

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