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Police find pot stashed in secret Kool-Aid compartment

Authorities first spotted the car parked in a 'no parking' zone

ALLENTOWN, Pa. - After the overwhelming smell of marijuana prompted Allentown police to search a car parked in a no parking zone, authorities found nearly $4,000 in cash and pot hidden in a secret compartment.

Authorities charged Ricky McClinton, of the 1300 block of South 10th Street, with a handful of drug offenses following his arrest Wednesday evening in the 1300 block of Early Street. District Judge Patricia Engler arraigned the 28-year-old Thursday morning, setting bail at $75,000

An officer spotted McClinton's Chrysler Sebring parked on Early Street just before 6:30 p.m. Wednesday; the street is posted "no parking," according to court records.

When McClinton stepped out of the car at the officer's request because of the smell of unburnt marijuana, he allegedly admitted to having a half ounce of pot down his pants. Police allegedly found four baggies and six stacks of cash. The cash totaled $3,851.

The officer also found three cell phones – one of which was ringing while McClinton was being arrested – and a large Kool-Aid container in the back of the car. The bottom of the container unscrewed revealing 15 more baggies of pot totaling just over 80 grams, according to police.

Police charged McClinton with possession with intent to deliver, possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and marijuana possession. He failed to post bail and was sent to Lehigh County Jail to await a preliminary hearing tentatively scheduled for Oct. 20.


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