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Police: Unemployed man turns to meth to make money

He allegedly said he'd been selling for 5 years

E. ALLEN TWP., Pa. - After state police responded to his home to investigate a reported domestic dispute, an East Allen Township man allegedly told authorities that he’d been selling crystal meth for years because he was unemployed.

Pennsylvania State Police charged Jeffrey K. Santee with drug charges, simple assault and related offenses following his arrest Saturday morning at his Nor Bath Boulevard home. District Judge Jacqueline Taschner arraigned the 60-year-old later that evening, setting bail at $100,000.

State police with the Bethlehem barracks responded to the couple’s home shortly after 7:30 a.m. to investigate a domestic dispute between Santee and his wife. Santee told authorities that he and his wife had been arguing, prompting him to shove her head, according to court records.

Santee’s wife told police that he punched her in the side of the head and in the face. She also reported that her husband had been acting quite differently and that she suspected he’d been using methamphetamine, according to court records.

She directed the trooper to the garage and a box containing $1,350, an orange pill and a plastic bag containing a white substance, according to records. The trooper continued to search and allegedly found a scale, a razor blade, small baggies and rubber gloves. Tests later revealed the white substance to be nearly 12 grams of meth.

Following his arrest, Santee allegedly told police that he had been unemployed and selling crystal meth for about five years because he needed the money. He now faces a felony count of possession with intent to deliver and misdemeanor counts of possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, simple assault and terroristic threats.

Santee failed to post bail and was sent to Northampton County Prison to await a preliminary hearing scheduled for Jan. 12.

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