Man accused of drug possession after undercover investigation

A 29-year-old man has been arrested in Pennsylvania after allegedly delivering a product suspected of being methamphetamine to an undercover detective in Bethlehem on three occasions in November and December. Authorities have accused him of possessing marijuana, possession with intent to use drug paraphernalia and possession of a controlled or counterfeit substance. In addition, he has been accused of possessing a backpack containing equipment used to produce meth that police found in September. Subsequent investigation by the Pennsylvania State Police allegedly revealed evidence that the backpack belonged to the defendant in this case, for which he has also been charged with operating a methamphetamine laboratory.

The defendant has been taken into custody and detained at the Northampton County Prison with bail for both incidents totaling $105,000. The backpack in question was found near an abandoned entrance to a home and determined that it belonged to the defendant a month later after the primary tenant accused him of being the owner. The undercover investigation began shortly thereafter in November, during the course of which officers purchased suspected methamphetamine from the defendant three times before he was arrested on Dec. 13 at the parking lot of McDonalds in Bethlehem's Wyandotte Street.

Since officers maintain that the backpack containing illicit substances belonged to the defendant based upon their witness' testimony, the integrity of his testimony may justifiably be subject to review. In addition, defense attorneys may wish to carefully examine the nature of the undercover investigation against the defendant to ascertain whether some form of entrapment could have possibly occurred.

If doubt can be introduced with regard to witness testimony or the investigation's procedural aspects, it may be possible to have the charges dismissed. However, even if that proves impossible, it may still be possible to chip away at the prosecution's case as much as possible to attain a less severe sentence than the defendant may otherwise receive.

Source: Lehigh Valley Live , "Man arraigned on meth-related charges in Bethlehem, according to court records", Lynn Ondrusek, December 16, 2013

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