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Police arrest man in pot socks for pot possession

Authorities also find heroin, illegal handgun

BETHLEHEM TWP., Pa. - When Bethlehem Township police knocked on an apartment door looking for the source of the smell of pot, the man who answered the door was reportedly wearing pot leaf socks.

And not only did police find the source of the pot smell, they allegedly found heroin, cash and an illegal handgun.

Police charged Steven A. Paredes, of the 2100 block of Johnston Drive, with drug and weapons offenses following his arrest Thursday. District Judge Patricia Brocius arraigned the 34-year-old late Thursday afternoon, setting bail at $100,000.

Township police were dispatched to the Hills at Lehigh apartment complex to investigate a drug complaint. Staff reported that an apartment in one of the buildings consistently smelled like pot, which generated several complaints from other residents.

When an officer knocked on the door, a man later identified as Paredes answered the door wearing socks with marijuana leaves on them, according to court records. After the officer asked him to “hand over the bud,” Paredes responded, “Okay,” and let police into the apartment, according to records.

Paredes allegedly retrieved a small baggie of pot from the bathroom medicine cabinet. He then allowed the officer to search the bathroom, which turned up several bags of weed, a heat sealer, plastic baggies and a digital scale from under the sink.

Police eventually secured a search warrant and allegedly found a Taurus 9mm handgun with an obliterated serial number, about 15 grams of heroin, a grinder, 37 vials of cannabis oil, hundreds of baggies stamped “Spider” used to package heroin, about a quarter pound of pot and nearly $500.

Authorities charged Paredes with two counts each of possession with intent to deliver and possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a firearm with an obliterated serial number.

Paredes failed to post bail and was sent to Northampton County Prison to await a preliminary hearing scheduled for April 19.


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