Crime

Police allege man brings child to cocaine deal

A confidential informant set up the $100 buy

HANOVER TWP., Pa. - Authorities in Northampton County allege that a New York man arrived at a drug deal in a drug store parking lot with a young child in the backseat.

Police charged Ramell S. Hurdle, of Corona, N.Y., with a single count of child endangerment along with three counts each of possession with intent to deliver and possession of a controlled substance after his arrest Tuesday night in Hanover Township. District Judge Dan Corpora arraigned the 33-year-old Wednesday morning, setting bail at $75,000.

Colonial Regional police said a confidential informant arranged a cocaine deal through a man known to the informant as Sonne Black. Authorities later identified the seller as Hurdle, according to court records.

The informant arranged to meet Hurdle in the parking lot of a CVS at 6050 Sterner’s Way about 6:40 p.m. Tuesday to buy $100 worth of cocaine, according to court records. When Hurdle arrived, the informant climbed into the backseat and emerged five minutes later with a baggie of cocaine, according to records.

The informant told police that Hurdle was driving and that he had a passenger in the front seat and a young child in the back in a car seat. Court records do not specify the nature of the relationship between Hurdle and the child.

Police stopped Hurdle’s black Mercury and allegedly found Oxycodone pills, a baggie of cocaine, empty plastic baggies and a scale under the driver’s seat. Authorities said they also found the $100 bill from the informant in Hurdle’s front pocket.

He failed to post bail and was sent to Northampton County Prison to await a preliminary hearing scheduled for Jan. 31.


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