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Allentown police arrest two following midday drug deal

Authorities allegedly found pot, pills and cash

ALLENTOWN, Pa. - Allentown police said they found pot, 22 prescription pills and more than $3,000 cash inside a North Eighth Street home Tuesday after witnessing a midday drug deal.

Authorities charged Samuel A. Duarte, 41, and 35-year-old Julio A. Galarraga Jr. with drug possession, following their arrests outside Duarte’s North Eighth Street apartment. District Judge Patricia Engler arraigned both men Tuesday night, setting bail for each at $250,000.

An Allentown police officer on patrol about noon on Tuesday said he saw a man “looking around” and pacing in front of a home in the 200 block of North Eighth Street. Police said Duarte walked out of the house, and the two men made an exchange, according to court records.

The man pacing outside the house stuffed a plastic baggie in his back pocket and walked north on Eighth Street, while Duarte, who received cash, headed to a black Chevy Suburban with a Florida license plate, according to records. Police said they could see a bag of marijuana in his front pants pocket along with two $10 bills.

The officer directed Duarte to sit on the curb as he called for backup. That’s when Galarraga stepped out of the house.

After spotting police, Galarraga allegedly shoved something into his pocket, turned around, slammed the door shut and ran through the house. The officer alleged he could smell pot in the house, when the front door was open.

A police detective allegedly spotted Galarraga run out the back of the house and start hopping fences into other people’s yards. When he was caught, police said they found about $748 in his pocket.

The person leasing the North Eighth Street home granted police permission to search the house. Authorities allege they found 80 grams of pot, $3,040 in cash, 22 oxycodone tablets and two boxes of baggies matching the one found on Duarte.

Police charged Duarte with single felony counts of conspiracy and possession with intent to deliver, two misdemeanor counts of possession of a controlled substance and a single count of possession of drug paraphernalia.

Authorities charged Galarraga, of Church Street, with a single felony count of possession with intent to deliver and three summary counts of defiant trespass. After failing to post bail, both men were sent to Lehigh County Jail to await preliminary hearings scheduled for Nov. 14.


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