Lehigh Valley

Police set up drug buy, nab alleged crack dealer

Allentown man now held on $250,000 bail

ALLENTOWN, Pa. - An Allentown man is being held on $250,000 bail after an informant helped investigators set up a crack buy.

Police arrested Terrell R. Battle Thursday evening and charged him with possession with intent to deliver, criminal use of a communication device and possession of a controlled substance.

District Judge Patricia Engler arraigned the 33-year-old Thursday night. He failed to post bail and was sent to Lehigh County Jail.

Allentown police on Thursday met with an informant who reported that a man know by the street name “Black” had been setting up crack deals in the city, according to court records. The informant arranged a buy and told police that the dealer was wearing a gray wool hat, brown leather jacket, black pants and black sneakers, according to court records.

Authorities spotted the man later identified as Battle walking toward the meeting spot, arresting him in the 300 block of North Richland Street. His outfit matched the one described by the informant and police allegedly found the crack the informant agreed to buy in Battle’s pocket, according to records.

Investigators also called the cell phone number the informant used to set up the buy, and Battle’s phone began to ring.

During a search at police headquarters, police said they found another nine baggies of suspected crack in his left sock.

Battle, of the 1300 block of Linden Street, is tenatively scheduled for a preliminary hearing on Feb. 9.


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