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Allentown police seize more than $20,000 in cocaine, heroin

Alleged dealer caused wreck at Fifth and Tilghman

ALLENTOWN, Pa. - After arresting the target of their drug investigation, Allentown police said they found more than $20,000 worth of cocaine and heroin inside his North Fifth Street apartment.

Police arrested Alexander Perez Friday evening following a car chase and wreck at Fifth and Tilghman streets that sent the other driver to the hospital with serious injuries. District Judge Michael Faulkner arraigned the 31-year-old Saturday morning on drug and reckless endangerment charges, setting bail at $250,000.

Authorities said they were watching Perez shortly before 7 p.m. Friday as his red Kia stopped outside his apartment in the 300 block of North Fifth Street. He went inside for a few minutes before driving away.

When police tried to stop the car at Eighth and Tilghman streets, Perez allegedly stopped briefly before speeding north on Tilghman Street. After encountering traffic, police said he threw it in reverse and drove against traffic on North Eighth Street from Green Street to Tilghman Street, according to court records.

Authorities allege Perez sped east on Tilghman Street, blowing through red lights at Seventh and Sixth streets and colliding with a car at Fifth and Tilghman streets, according to records.

The driver of the other car was seriously injured, and police said firefighters needed to extricate a severely injured Perez from his car.

Inside the car, police allege they found 20 blue baggies of heroin and two cell phones. Inside his apartment, they allegedly found 1,150 wax baggies of heroin, a plastic bag containing about 190 grams of heroin, another plastic bag containing about 55 grams of cocaine, 17,000 unused wax baggies, two digital scales and other packaging materials.

Police charged Perez with two counts each of possession with intent to deliver and possession of a controlled substance along with single counts of fleeing or eluding police, causing an accident involving injury, reckless endangerment and possession of drug paraphernalia.

He failed to post bail and was sent to Lehigh County Jail to await a preliminary hearing scheduled for Dec. 18.

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