Lehigh Valley

Drug arrest turns up heroin, $17,000 in cash

Authorities were watching a suspected drug house

ALLENTOWN, Pa. - Investigators watching a suspected Allentown drug house said they found more than 200 baggies of heroin and nearly $17,500 in cash after arresting the resident.

Allentown police charged Lazaro Pallarez with a felony count of possession with intent to deliver and misdemeanor counts of possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and resisting arrest. District Judge Michael Pochron arraigned the 41-year-old Thursday morning, setting bail at $75,000.

Allentown police detectives said they were conducting surveillance on a home in the 700 block of Whitehall Street shortly after 9 p.m. Wednesday as part of an ongoing drug investigation, according to court records.

Authorities said Pallarez walked out of the house into a secluded alley, while talking on his cell phone. When detectives approached him, he allegedly pushed away from police and tried to run, according to records. Detectives said Pallarez struggled after they managed to take him down.

Authorites said they found 20 baggies of suspected heroin in his pocket. A search of the home turned up 200 more baggies of heroin, a digital scale, wax baggies and $17,492, according to records.

A field test allegedly confirmed that the drugs found in Pallarez’s pocket and home were heroin.

He failed to post bail and was sent to Lehigh County Jail to await a June 15 preliminary hearing.

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