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Suspected Drug Ring in Wilkes-Barre Busted

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WILKES-BARRE -- More than a dozen people were charged Friday in connection to what officials call a major drug ring in Wilkes-Barre.

Newswatch 16 was there as some of the suspects were arraigned in Plains Township.

Authorities said 14 people were charged as part of the yearlong investigation called "Operation Outfoxed."

Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro held a news conference about the bust Friday morning at the Luzerne County Courthouse.

Investigators said Brian “Fox” Francis, 35, of Wilkes-Barre, was the main drug dealer supplying more than $1 million in heroin and crack cocaine.

Others charged in the case include:

  • Derrick Bynum, 34, of Brooklyn, NY,
  • Karon “Mad Dog” Varick, 25, of Brooklyn, NY,
  • Jordan “Rambo” or “Scrams” Stacy, 21, of Wilkes-Barre,
  • Andrew Pope, 39, of Wilkes-Barre,
  • Brian “Dread” Jackson, 53, of, Wilkes-Barre,
  • John “Domo” Doe, Age and Address Unknown,
  • Ras “Dollar” Johnson, 20, of, Wilkes-Barre,
  • Kyle  Patterson, 23, of Avoca,
  • Maura Kathio, 28, of Yatesville,
  • Angela Thomas, 43, of Luzerne.

Three defendants were charged with criminal conspiracy:

  • Taurean Kemp, 33, Address Unknown,
  • Raheem “Free” Richardson, 30, of Edwardsville,
  • Christopher Mark, 32, of Wilkes-Barre.

Officials say the drugs were made in New York City and sold in the Wilkes-Barre area.


  • Sad times

    Sad thing is when they take 10 off the street, it seems 20 more idiots quickly start up shop …. so thus we end up with even more than taken off the street in the bust, what a scourge, vexation and plague here in NEPA ! Oh my Gosh, Wilkes-Barre, Williamsport, such once nice areas back in the 1980’s……. Now just a memory, like Hatchy Milatchy

  • Good no more competition

    We White drug dealers are sleeping quite comfortably in Wilkes Barre. Complexion for the protection :)

  • Dan Tighe

    When an out of State car is seen in a Luzerne County neighborhood more than 3 weeks in a row, pull it over and check it out.

    • Sad times

      I got mixed feelings about your post, only cause some out of state cars really are, family, kids from college back for break, and decent honest people, but I also get what you mean, as these dealers come in with New York Plates, etc. to that I say neighbors and Police use your judegment, if it is family coming try to discern, if it does not appear family, then maybe check it out

  • Ashleigh

    Yall don’t got nothing better to do. Stop worrying about drug dealers and their street names and worry about child molesters. It’s drugs its never going to change these poor guys will get years while a child molester will get a slap on the wrist

    • Lock them up!

      Come on, did you really just say these POOR GUYS? The poor guys that where probably selling to the children your taking about. I do agree with the Child molester part though.

  • Rid the Streets

    They should be made to take every ounce of that heroin and crack they got caught with until they die from it . Sick of these bastards already .

    • Sad times

      Sickening isn’t it ! They profit from a persons addiction, and then don’t care if the customer dies, the should be thrown in a huge Sea World type pool with a Hungry Great White Shark

  • Concerned Citizen

    A quick internet search will show you that this is at least the 4th time Brian Francis has been arrested in our area for Drugs, Guns and a Murder. Why this loser is still on the streets at this point is beyond me, but if he doesn’t go away for life on this one I can promise you this area will be looking for new Judges.

    • WB Police

      Well it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that he’s still on the streets because he’s a snitch…

      • nightmare on every street

        If that’s true, then that’s the only reason he shouldn’t be looking at 25 right now..else as a snitch, he’ll end up in hiding and dealing THERE, or deceased. Being a snitch is not exactly the best way to turn your life around!

    • justice for all

      For nothing is going to change until they change the way these crimes are handled and punished!

  • Liberal stupidity is frightening

    How come the “Hanoi Jane” media is not presenting the billboard of faces on this crew.


    Looks like NYC area drugs continue to take over in the blight filled NEPA areas. Cheap row homes and a lot of depressed clientele.

  • roseann rudovitz

    Good to hear. So many college students in W.B. You don’t need the bad element roaming the streets

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