New York City cab driver jailed on drug charges in Berks

READING, Pa. - A New York City cab driver's trip to Reading over the weekend included an unexpected stop at the Berks County Jail.

The arrest of Marquel Azor-Ortiz was the result of a tip from a federal drug agent about a drug transaction scheduled to take place Saturday night in the 1100 block of Franklin Street in Reading, according to court documents released Monday.

Law enforcement authorities watching the block moved in on a parked cab and ordered the driver out of the car.

A search of the cab turned up a bag with approximately 3.3 pounds of crystal methamphetamine hidden in the spare tire area of the trunk, police said.

Azor-Ortiz, 36, of the Bronx, New York, was arraigned on drug charges and committed to the Berks County Jail on $1 million bail. He may be subject to deportation to the Dominican Republic, where he was born, officials said.

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