A cracked windshield prompting a traffic stop led police in Northampton County to a stash of drugs and a wanted man.
Pennsylvania State Police apprehended Thomas A. Misero and Melvin Bryson Jr. about 6:30 p.m. Wednesday along Route 248 in Lower Nazareth Township. District Judge Richard Yetter arraigned both men Thursday morning, setting bail for Misero, 28, at $85,000 with a 10 percent cash option if approved by Northampton County pre-trial services.
The judge set bail for the 51-year-old Bryson at $125,000.
Upon seeing the cracked windshield, a trooper with the Belfast barracks ran the license plate and found that the van’s owner, Bryson, was wanted on drug charges by Wilson Borough police, according to court records.
Bryson, of Mauch Chunk Street in Nazareth, was sitting in the passenger seat and immediately taken into custody. Misero, the driver, was detained while authorities searched the vehicle.
Hidden in a small compartment in the driver’s side front door was a canvas bag filled with a “significant amount of narcotics,” including cocaine, crack, heroin, ecstasy and methamphetamine, according to court records.
Authorities charged Misero, of South Broad Street in Nazareth, with five felony counts of possession with intent to deliver and misdemeanor counts of possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. He also faces a summary charge of driving with a suspended license.
He was sent to Northampton County Prison after failing to post bail. Miserso’s next court date is a preliminary hearing tentatively scheduled for Sept. 30.
Police said Bryson will be charged at a later date in connection to Wednesday’s traffic stop. He was arraigned, however, on drug charges stemming from an investigation by Wilson police.
Authorities said the investigation began in Upper Nazareth Township with the use of a Wilson police informant.
The informant allegedly made a controlled heroin purchase from Bryson sometime between Sept. 10 and 13, according to court records. Investigators said the informant met Bryson in the first block of East Lawn Road in the township, making a brief exchange in Bryson’s 2005 BMW.
Authorities charged Bryson with single felony counts of possession with intent to deliver and criminal use of a communication device along with a misdemeanor count of possession of a controlled substance. He failed to post bail and was sent to Northampton County Prison to await a preliminary hearing tentatively scheduled for Sept. 30.