The Benton Borough Police Department actively investigates any and all narcotic activity in Benton Borough. Please submit your tips using the submit tips button.
Every day, more than 90 Americans die after overdosing on opioids. The misuse of and addiction to opioids—including prescription pain relievers, heroin, and synthetic opioids such as fentanyl—is a serious national crisis that affects public health as well as social and economic welfare.
Using methamphetamine one time is dangerous! After that first try, users require more and more of the drug to get the high feeling again, and maintain it. With repeated use, methamphetamine exacts a toll on the mind and body, robbing users of their physical health and cognitive abilities, their libido and good looks, and their ability to experience pleasure. Much of the methamphetamine consumed in the US is manufactured domestically by amateur chemists in meth labs from common household drugs and chemicals such as sudafed, lye, lithium batteries and ammonia.
Benton Borough is not immune to the drug epidemic. Borough Police have been successful in investigating and subsequently arresting drug users and drug manufacturers. Below is a list of some of the incidents Benton Borough Police have handled.
08/27/2016 Benton Borough Police investigated a death of a person inside of a residence on Market Street. It was determined that a 38 year old female was deceased due to a Heroin overdose.
09/21/2016 19:03 hrs.
Officers were on patrol near the Dollar General Store completing a follow up for reported suspicious activities. Officers noticed a white car matching the description of the one at the Dollar General. The white car traveled north on Main Street. Officers followed the white car as it increased speed and turned onto North Street then turned left on to Warner Alley then left on to Cox Street going back across Main Street. The car proceeded across Main on Cox Street and stopped in the rear parking area of a residence. A white male and white female subject jumped out of the vehicle and fled the area on foot. Officers pursued the subject on foot and apprehended the male subject. The female subject continued south on Main Street. Arriving back at the car with the male in custody Officers found Heroin, Methamphetamine and various Drug Paraphernalia including scales to weigh product for sale. The male subject was arrested and taken to Columbia County Prison. An arrest warrant was issued for the female subject and she was subsequently apprehended nearly 1 year later. Both subjects were prosecuted for possession with the intent to deliver, possession of dangerous drugs and possession of drug paraphernalia.
11/08/2016 19:48 hrs. On November 8, 2016 at approximately 1936 hours and officer was patrolling in the area of the Acorn Market on Main Street Benton Borough and noticed a vehicle with an expired inspection sticker sitting at the gasoline pumps at the Acorn Market. The officer notified dispatch to run the registration for this vehicle. Dispatch notified that the vehicle operator had a suspended drivers license. Due to numerous tips provided by the public this officer new the operator was a known narcotic user. The officer watched the vehicle operator walk from the Acorn Market and get into the drivers seat of the vehicle and pulled on to Main Street and turned left on to Center Street without activating his turn signal. The officer performed a traffic stop due to known violations. The driver exhibited signs of narcotic use and was asked to step from the vehicle and perform a series of roadside tests to determine impairment. As the driver exited the vehicle the officer saw narcotic paraphernalia in plain view on the passenger seat. The driver was placed into custody and a search incident to arrest was completed within the vehicle. Located in the vehicle was numerous packages of Heroin, numerous items of drug paraphernalia and Suboxone strips. The driver was arrested and placed in the Columbia County Prison.
01/18/2017 21:15 hrs. Officers received a report of suspicious activities near the Dollar General Store. Officers arrived and found a vehicle matching a description provided. The vehicle exited the area and traveled onto Rt. 239. Officers activated the emergency lights and initiated a traffic stop due to ornamental lighting evident on the vehicle. When the officer approached the vehicle it was noticed that there were rifles inside in plain view. The occupants were removed from the vehicle due to safety reasons. Officers searched the vehicle and found various items associated with methamphetamine use. The subject was released pending charges for possession of drug paraphernalia and unlawful activities.
02/15/2017 14:43 hrs. On February 15, 2017 at 14:43 hours Benton Police noticed a silver vehicle matching the description of a vehicle that was occupied by a known narcotic dealer. This person also was known to have felony arrest warrants. The vehicle was stationary sitting in the Uni-mart parking lot. Intel provided stated that the wanted felon shopped at the Uni-mart daily for cigarettes. Officers observed the situation and was able to identify the subject as he exited the Uni-mart. A felony traffic stop was initiated and the subject was subsequently arrested with 70 individual packages of heroin and drug paraphernalia. The subject was placed into the Columbia County Prison pending charges for Possession with the intent to distribute narcotics, possession of narcotics and possession of drug paraphernalia.
05/03/2017 08:43 hrs. On May 3, 2017 at 08:43 hours Benton Police were patrolling in the area of the Acorn Market on Main Street. A pick up truck driven by a known wanted person pulled into the area beside the gasoline pumps. The officer approached and identified the subject as the wanted person. The officer opened the door of the truck and immediately smelled a strong odor of ammonia emitting from the truck. There was also plain view drug paraphernalia noticed inside the truck. Due to training and experience the officer immediately realized that there was an active methamphetamine lab inside the truck. The subject was pulled from the truck and placed in hand restraints and placed in the back of the police patrol vehicle. The Benton Police made a decision to move the vehicle from the gasoline pump area immediately due to the highly volatile state of methamphetamine during the manufacturing process. After the vehicle was removed from the pumps it was subsequently towed to an impound yard and the State Police Clandestine Lab Team was notified. The Team arrived and dismantled a highly dangerous mobile methamphetamine lab from the truck. The driver was subsequently transported to the Columbia County Prison and faced charges of manufacturing methamphetamine, precursors for making methamphetamine, reckless endangering and manufacturing methamphetamine within 1000 feet of a school zone.
06/30/2017 22:55 hrs. Benton Police responded to Church Street for a reported Heroin overdose. Officer arrived and found a 35 year old female unresponsive. Officers assisted EMS and the female did survive this incident. Bystanders on scene provided Benton Police with narcotics and drug paraphernalia. No charges were filed due to the PA Overdose Reporting Immunity Act.
07/01/2017 23:10 hrs. The Benton Police were on patrol in the area of the Uni-mart when they noticed a vehicle sitting in the parking lot that was occupied by a male subject. Since the Uni-mart was closed for the evening the officer approached the vehicle and made contact with a male driver. The subject failed to produce identification and provided the officer with a false name and date of birth. The subject was removed from the vehicle and placed in hand restraints. As the officer was placing the subject in the back of the patrol vehicle the subject pushed away from the officer and ran towards the creek on Colley Street. Officer pursued and deployed his taser towards the subject. The subject jumped head first down the embankment and disappeared into the thick underbrush. Additional police units were dispatched and the officer held a perimeter and waited for other police units to arrived prior to searching the underbrush. The Benton Fire Department was called for lighting and thermal imaging capabilities. The subjects was found and attempted to flee again by running along the creek bank towards the fire station. The subject was apprehended and subsequently identified as a wanted felon who recently escaped from the Luzerne County Drug Program. A search of the vehicle yielded heroin paraphernalia inside the vehicle. The subject was transported to the Columbia County Prison and faced charges for fleeing to elude apprehension, disorderly conduct, possession of drug paraphernalia and theft (since he ran away with the officers handcuffs).
07/15/2017 22:50 hrs. The Benton Police were monitoring traffic as traffic exited the Benton Rodeo grounds on to Main Street. A vehicle traveling south on 487 entered into the area and failed to stop by orders of the Fire Police directing traffic. The vehicle was stopped in a nearby parking lot Benton PD and the female driver and male passenger were identified. The female passenger had active warrants for her arrest. Subsequent to arrest for the warrants the vehicle was searched and inside the vehicle was methamphetamine packaged for delivery and sale, marijuana packaged for sale, scales and other drug paraphernalia. Both subjects were taken into custody and transported to the Columbia County Prison and faced numerous drug related charges.