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Man allegedly tries to run from police, ditches illegal gun

Police said they found cocaine, crack and heroin

ALLENTOWN, Pa. - A South Carolina man, who first hid from police before running, allegedly ditched an illegal handgun, but didn’t drop the cocaine, heroin and crack police said he was carrying.

Allentown police charged Wyahmir Fair, of Sumter, S.C., with nearly a dozen drug and firearms charges following his arrest early Saturday morning. District Judge Ronald Manescu arraigned the 24-year-old, setting bail at $250,000.

While on a walking patrol about 12:30 a.m. Saturday in the area of Madison and Chew streets, Allentown police said they spotted two men in the 1300 block of Monroe Street trying to hide behind parked cars, according to court records.

The two took men – one wearing a red sweatshirt and the other a black one – took off running. An officer chased a man later identified as Fair west on Monroe Street into a backyard in the 1300 block of Chew Street, according to court records. He tried to run through a baker alley but was blocked by a locked door.

Fair came running back toward the officer minus the black sweatshirt, according to court records. Police found near the locked door a black sweatshirt, a Highpoint 9mm handgun, a smartphone and a glove. Police said the gun had eight rounds in the magazine and one in the chamber.

Once in custody, police found three rounds, a bag of cocaine and $459 on Fair. At police headquarters, authorities found 15 bags of heroin and 18 bags of crack. A records check showed Fair was listed in South Carolina as a person not legally allowed to possess a firearm.

Police charged Fair with three counts each of possession with intent to deliver and possession of a controlled substance along with single counts of illegal possession of a firearm and carrying a firearm without a license.

He failed to post bail and was sent to Lehigh County Jail to await a preliminary hearing scheduled for Oct. 30.


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