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Scranton Police: Drugs Stored in Child’s Bedroom

SCRANTON — A house in Scranton that’s been in the news before has now been labeled a suspected drug house.

Scranton Police raided the place Tuesday night. Now, the woman who lived there is facing stiffer charges because police say drugs were hidden in her child’s bedroom.

When police searched 924 Luzerne Street Tuesday night, they found heroin, crack cocaine, and a form of ecstasy called “Molly.” The majority of the drugs were stored inside the bedroom of a five-year-old girl.

The home had long been a target of the Scranton Police Special Investigations Division.

Police said an informant bought heroin at the house Tuesday. Then officers searched it finding a large amount of heroin, crack cocaine, and ecstasy.

It’s where they found the drugs that led to more charges.

Rasheen Flowers faces a long list of drug dealing charges. Shannon Fritsch faces those charges too, along with endangering the welfare of a child.  According to court papers, she let Flowers store drugs in the bedroom of her five-year-old daughter.

“That child doesn’t deserve that, that kid is five and that’s going to play in her head over and over and over again, what happened in that house yesterday. And what else did she see that nobody else knows about yet?” said a neighbor who wanted to remain anonymous Wednesday.

Many neighbors in and near the 900-block of Luzerne Street were afraid to put their faces on camera because they said the drug activity at this home is something they’ve been living with for a while.

They said the drug bust didn’t surprise them, the fact it involved a child’s bedroom did.

“I didn’t even want the kids, my grandchildren, outside yesterday I kept them in the house because I didn’t know what was going on. It’s sick, that poor little girl,” said neighbor Kathy Shea.

Scranton Police said the five-year-old girl is now in protective custody, and the home is now condemned. Neighbors said it’s just the first step toward cleaning up their neighborhood.

“It’s a little bit of a relief knowing that’s it’s a little bit safer,” a neighbor said.

The home on Luzerne Street has attracted a lot of news in recent years.

Before this most recent incident, Newswatch 16 was there when a car took out the front porch of the house. And it was also home to the now infamous “potty mouth” incident when a woman who lived here was charged by police after shouting at her toilet.

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