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Bail agents allegedly find wanted man with drugs, illegal gun

Man was a suspect in 2016 nightclub shooting

ALLENTOWN, Pa. - An Allentown man is facing drug and weapons charges after bail agents picking him up on a bench warrant discovered an illegal handgun.

Allentown police arrested Raymond J. Clavell, of Ithaca Street, Tuesday night after he was detained in the 1700 block of Allen Street by bail agents with 1st Out 24/7 Bail Bonds. District Judge Rashid Santiago arraigned the 21-year-old Wednesday morning, setting bail at $75,000.

Bail agents called police after they detained Clavell shortly after 7 p.m. in the parking lot of Advanced Auto and found the gun, according to court records. Authorities said Clavell was in possession of a loaded Rossi M68 .38 caliber revolver with an obliterated serial number, according to records.

Police said he was found guilty of drug charges in 2012, making it illegal to possess a firearm.

Along with the illegal gun, authorities allege they found about 136 wax packets of heroin along with cocaine and marijuana in Clavell’s pants pockets.

Allentown police charged Clavell in December 2015 with possession of a controlled substance, conspiracy, possession with intent to deliver and resisting arrest. 1st Out 24/7 Bail Bonds posted his $50,000 bail in the case. A Lehigh County judge revoked his bail on April 19 and issued a bench warrant for Clavell’s arrest.

He was scheduled for trial, and it’s unclear from court records why the judge revoked bail.

In connection with Tuesday’s arrest, police charged Clavell with illegal possession of a firearm, possession of a firearm with an altered serial number, carrying a firearm without a license, possession with intent to deliver, possession of a controlled substance, marijuana possession and possession of drug paraphernalia.

His next court date is a preliminary hearing scheduled for May 10.

In September 2016, Allentown police charged Clavell in connection with an early-morning shooting outside the Dubai Nightclub. He was facing attempted homicide and assault charges, but prosecutors were forced to withdraw the charges in October after witnesses refused to cooperate. The Lehigh County District Attorney’s Office does have the option to re-file those charges.


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