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Pair allegedly caught selling 'BMW' heroin out of their Toyota

Police said they watched drug deal go down in SUV

BETHLEHEM, Pa. - A Bethlehem pair apprehended last week following an alleged drug deal told police that they use about half the heroin they buy and sell the rest.

Bethlehem police arrested Manuel Garcia and Amy B. Wilson, of the 600 block of Broadway, after allegedly watching a drug deal go down in the back of their Toyota SUV. District Judge James Narlesky arraigned the pair Thursday night following their arrests earlier that morning, setting bail for Garcia, 32, at $100,000 and at $25,000 for the 26-year-old Wilson.

Members of the Bethlehem Police Department’s vice unit watched as Wilson and Garcia left their apartment and climbed into the Toyota. Two men jumped into the backseat a few seconds later, and Wilson and Garcia were seen passing something back and forth, according to court records.

The two men then stepped out of the vehicle and walked east, while the SUV drove west.

Police stopped one of the men and allegedly found three white, wax packets of heroin stamped “BMW” along with two packets of Suboxone. He told authorities that he had just purchased the drugs from Garcia, according to records.

Investigators stopped the SUV in the 400 block of Montclair Avenue about 11:30 a.m. and allegedly found Wilson in possession of 50 more wax heroin packets stamped “BMW” along with 28 blue packets of heroin, $217 and two empty packets, according to records.

During an interview with police, Garcia allegedly admitted being the only dealer in Bethlehem who sells heroin stamped “BMW.” Police said he explained that he buys several bricks – 50 packets to a brick – at a time, selling about half and using the rest with Wilson.

Investigators said they used a confidential informant to purchase heroin from Garcia in October. The phone number authorities used allegedly matched the one on Garcia’s Samsung.

A search of the apartment allegedly turned up digital scales, packaging materials and burnt spoons.

Police charged Garcia with three felony counts of possession with intent to deliver, one felony count of criminal use of a communication device and single misdemeanor counts of possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. He also faces a summary charge of driving with a suspended license.

Wilson faces single felony counts of possession with intent to deliver and conspiracy and single misdemeanor counts of possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Neither posted bail. They were sent to Northampton County Prison to await preliminary hearings scheduled for Nov. 23.

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