June 23rd, 2004

Scranton Times-Tribune: I’m presuming it will be closed for a while:

photo of local marijuana bust

Police find marijuana greenhouse

By Chris Birk TRIBUNE STAFF WRITER 06/23/2004

City police seized a substantial amount of marijuana Tuesday afternoon from the third-floor of a downtown Scranton business.

Peter Kameroski, 51, of 11032 Valley View Drive, Clarks Summit, was charged Tuesday with multiple drug counts stemming from the seizure above the Electric Mindshaft record store at 227 Lackawanna Ave.

Mr. Kameroski owns both the shop and the building, police said.

Acting on a tip, narcotics and special investigative agents walked away with 146 marijuana plants and scores of sealed bags and mason jars filled with several strains of the drug.

Police Chief David Elliott said the cache represented one of the largest, and most sophisticated, drug operations in the city’s history.

Narcotics agents, who asked not to be identified, said they found heating lamps, irrigation systems and drying racks throughout the building’s third-floor, which was only accessible via a 22-foot-tall ladder on the second floor.

The third floor was entirely used for growing marijuana, the agents said.

Police showcased much of the marijuana during an impromptu press briefing around 4 p.m. at City Hall. At the time, the sheer volume had yet to be processed, and narcotics agents were hard-pressed to estimate the amount or street value of the seizure.

Later Tuesday night, Lt. Marty Crofton said preliminary estimates indicate the drugs were worth from $20,000 to $60,000.

Mr. Kameroski was arraigned Tuesday afternoon before District Justice John Pesota and released on $100,000 unsecured bail. He was charged with two counts of drug manufacturing and one count each of possession with intent to distribute, possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

It’s just around the corner from where I work. I had been hoping to head over there one of these days.

For CDs, I mean.

Anyway, here’s a mention of the place that proves automation isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.

The ‘Mindshaft is right next to the newly-built Scranton Enterprise Center (you catch a glimpse of his storefront in this artist’s rendition). As part of that, and part of the general Lackawanna-Avenue refurbishment, Peter had gotten a loan to renovate the front of the building. I was looking forward to it being finished.

He had, I think, the last used-CD store in Scranton. He also had a great selection, gave fair prices on trade-ins, and would let you test-play anything. :::sigh:::

This really bums me out. All the CDs were filed in the back to deter theft, with the empty jewel-boxes on the shelves. He always complained when I came up to the counter with my selection, becuase even though I told him which category I found the discs under, they were enver filed there. I tended to pick the kind of music that got re-categorized every week or so, I guess.

The Soundtracks bin was one of the best things, for some reason. I found Fitzcarraldo‘s music there, as well as the Chemical Bros. stuff for Fight Club, and two discs of Bill Frissel’s Music for the films of Buster Keaton.

UPDATE 06.25.04: WYOU22 newsbrief:

From garbage bags filled with 146 live marijuana plants to ziplocks stuffed with dried pot ready for sale, Scranton Police confiscated enough weed to put a large dent in the local underground drug market. They estimate the street value to be in excess of 20 grand. An informant lead police to a Scranton music store late last week. One search warrant later, the 52 year old landlord, Peter Kameroski, is behind bars. Police say Kameroski was running in effect a marijuana greenhouse on the third floor of the building on Lackawanna Avenue. Drying racks, light transformers and all. The building has been condemned.

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