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Police say wanted man tried hiding behind attic walls

Authorites raided the Easton apartment last week

EASTON, Pa. - An Easton man suspected of dealing heroin out of his South 11th Street apartment tried hiding behind the attic walls when authorities executed an early-morning search warrant last week.

Devin R. Fields faces drug and resisting arrest charges following his Dec. 1 arrest inside his apartment in the 100 block of South 11th Street. Police arrested the 32-year-old on an outstanding warrant, and District Judge Richard Yetter arraigned him Wednesday afternoon on the new set of charges.

The judge on Wednesday set bail at $125,000.

A Pennsylvania State Police emergency response team served the warrant on Fields’ apartment about 6 a.m. Dec. 1. Easton police secured the arrest warrant on charges of possession with intent to deliver and criminal use of a communication device the day before.

Once state police made their way to Field’s third-floor bedroom, they discovered that he had crawled behind the attic walls through a crawl space, according to court records. Authorities said he ignored repeated requests to come out from behind the wall, and that troopers needed to forcibly remove him.

Once police managed to get him into the open, Fields allegedly kicked troopers, kept his hands under his body as they tried to cuff him and pulled a hand out of the cuffs before troopers managed to tighten them, according to records.

Inside the attic bedroom, investigators said they found about 12 grams of heroin, baggies, a strainer, empty pills capsules, two digital scales, a metal spoon and rubber bands. Police charged Fields with possession with intent to deliver and resisting arrest in connection to the Dec. 1 raid.

A detective with the Easton Police Department secured the arrest warrant after using a confidential source to allegedly make a drug buy from Fields on Nov. 17. The source arranged a heroin sale, and investigators said they watched as Fields emerged from his South 11th Street apartment building and met a buyer near South 10th and Ferry streets.

Bail on the first set of charges was set at $75,000. Fields’ failed to post the combined $200,000 and now sits in Northampton County Prison awaiting his preliminary hearings.

At the same time police were arresting Fields, authorities were serving an arrest warrant in the 900 block of South 25th Street. Police said they found cocaine and another fugitive in that apartment.​

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