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Police allegedly catch parolee with stolen handgun, drugs

ALLENTOWN, Pa. - Authorities on Thursday arrested a state parolee after they allegedly found a bag of cocaine and a stolen handgun in his Allentown apartment.

Police charged Alonzo Garrett with weapons and drug offenses following the search of his apartment in the 100 block of South Eighth Street shortly after 9:30 a.m. Thursday. Senior District Judge Rod Beck arraigned the 34-year-old later that night, setting bail at $30,000.

Allentown police were dispatched to Garrett’s apartment, state parole agents had him detained. Agents alleged they found a golf ball-sized baggie of suspected cocaine, two baggies of marijuana and .45 caliber ammunition, prompting them to contact police.

A police search of the apartment turned up a Umarex Regent .45 caliber handgun and magazine loaded with eight rounds, according to court records. A records check showed that the handgun was reported stolen out of South Whitehall Township.

Police allege they also found a digital scale, empty plastic baggies and a fake Sunkist soda can with a hidden compartment, according to records.

A criminal history check showed Garrett was convicted in 2012 of possession with intent to deliver and person not to possess a firearm, making it illegal for him as a felon to possess a firearm.

Authorities charged him with single felony counts of receiving stolen property, illegal possession of a firearm and possession with intent to deliver. Garrett also faces three misdemeanor counts of possession of drug paraphernalia and single counts of marijuana possession and possession of a controlled substance.

He failed to post bail and was sent to Lehigh County Jail to await a preliminary hearing scheduled for April 19.

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