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Police allegedly find sawed-off shotgun, pills, meth in drug raid

Police searched the Bethlehem home Thursday

BETHLEHEM, Pa. - When police searched a Bethlehem apartment Thursday as part of a drug investigation, officers allegedly found a sawed-off shotgun and the cash investigators used to make a controlled buy.

Jeremy Kistler faces nearly a dozen drug charges after a search of his apartment in the 300 block of Broadway allegedly turned up meth, prescription drugs, cash and guns. District Judge Roy Manwaring arraigned the 37-year-old Thursday night, setting bail at $50,000.

As members of the Northampton County Drug Task Force prepared to search Kistler’s apartment, they stopped him as he left the house shortly after 1:30 p.m. A search turned up $373 cash and a cell phone with the same phone number that a confidential informant called to set up a meth buy, according to court records.

Authorities searched the apartment and allegedly found 28 grams of methamphetamine, an ounce of pot, 11 Acetaminophen tablets, 29 Oxycodone tablets and 15 Adderall tablets. They also gathered up a cut straw, Ziplock baggies, sandwich baggies, a digital scale and $2,300 that included pre-recorded money used by an informant.

Police said they recovered a Ruger LCP .38 caliber pistol, a Taurus PT 740 .40 caliber pistol, a Taurus P1145 .45 caliber pistol and a sawed-off shotgun with a modified stock.

A records check revealed that Kistler previously pleaded guilty to a felony count of possession of a controlled substance.

Kistler faces five counts of possession with intent to deliver and single counts of person not to possess a firearm and criminal use of a communication device, all felonies. Police also charged him with five counts of possession of a controlled substance and single counts of possession of drug paraphernalia and alerting a weapon, all misdemeanors.

Kistler failed to post bail and was sent to Northampton County Prison to await a preliminary hearing scheduled for March 1.

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