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Bethlehem drug arrest caught on camera

Bethlehem drug arrest caught on camera

BETHLEHEM, Pa. - Bethlehem Police want the community to know they are cracking down on drug dealing and other illegal activity.

One recent arrest was caught on camera.

Police released video of officers on bicycles approaching and arresting a man walking at Ontario and Itaska Streets around 12:30 p.m. Thursday afternoon.

Officers said the suspect, 32 year-old Juan Tirado Rosado, had ten bags of heroin on him.

Children were playing nearby at Madison Park, police said.

"We come down here almost every day or every other day," said Anna Ramirez, a parent who was at the park Friday evening. She is among the neighbors who said they are happy to see the enforcement.

"I think it's good that they're cracking down on it because kids are playing here literally every day. This park is packed with kids," she said. "They just recently fixed up the park so it's nice that they're fixing up the neighborhood."

Officers executed a search warrant at Rosado's Ontario Street home and arrested another man who lives there, 20 year-old Michael Olmo.

Police say they found three grams of loose heroin, 15 bags of marijuana, 40 grams of synthetic marijuana and $600, along with a scale and packaging material.

Both men are facing a list of drug charges including possession with the intent to deliver heroin.

Bethlehem Police say they want their message to criminals to be loud and clear: they will not stand for illegal activity.

The department recently initiated Operation Steel Force, a two-day operation that led to 17 arrests, including seven felony drug violations.

If you have information about criminal activity, call the Bethlehem Police Department at 610-865-7187 or call the tip line at 610-691-6660.

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