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Police arrest man with $500 worth of heroin, seize $25K more

Authorities also find scales, pot and $4,500

BETHLEHEM, Pa. - After police arrested a Bethlehem man allegedly holding $500 worth of heroin, it led authorities to a $25,000 stash at his Wyandotte Street home.

Authorities charged Pedro A. Ortiz, of the 400 block of Wyandotte Street, with two felony counts of possession with intent to deliver and a handful of misdemeanor drug offenses. District Judge Roy Manwaring arraigned the 35-year-old Wednesday night, setting bail at $50,000.

A Bethlehem detective first spotted Ortiz shortly after 3 p.m. Wednesday in the parking lot of the McDonald’s at 442 Wyandotte St. holding a sandwich baggie that appeared to contain heroin, according to court records. Police said he drove away, parked on Dakotah Street at Hoch Street, stepped out of the car and began looking for someone, according to records.

Police said Ortiz tried to throw away two baggies of suspected heroin as an officer approached him. Authorities found the heroin along with two cell phones and $745 cash. Investigators said the 1.5 grams of heroin had a street value of about $500.

Following Ortiz’s arrest, investigators executed a search warrant on his house shortly before 8 p.m. Police allege they found 108 grams of heroin, digital scales, a metal sifter, a grinder, marijuana, baggies, an “owe sheet” and $3,926 cash.

Authorities estimate the heroin has a street value of more than $25,000.

Along with the felony drug charges, police charged Ortiz with misdemeanor counts of possession of a controlled substance, marijuana possession and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was sent to Northampton County Prison after failing to post bail to await a preliminary hearing scheduled for June 28.

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