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BATH, Pa. | Authorities investigating a possible meth dealer operating in Bath allegedly found a stolen handgun, heroin and methamphetamine following his arrest late last week.

Nicholas A. Quinn, of Main Street in Northampton, faces nearly a dozen charges after he allegedly sold an “eight ball” of meth to a confidential informant. District Judge John Capobianco arraigned the 29-year-old Thursday morning, setting bail at $50,000.

On Nov. 1, an informant told a member of the Northampton County Drug Task Force about a dealer known only as “Nick,” who was allegedly selling meth and other drugs in Bath, according to court records. The informant arranged to buy a little more than 3 grams of methamphetamine for $130 from the accused dealer later identified as Quinn, according to investigators.

Investigators said they watched as Quinn’s car arrived about 5 p.m. at the pre-arranged location, a Shell gas station in the 300 block of South Walnut Street, and park nearby on Horner Street. A third person identified only as “Andy” gave Quinn the money, according to records.

The drugs tested positive for meth, and authorities apprehended Quinn in the Shell station parking lot. Police allege they found the pre-recorded “buy money” on Quinn.

While in custody, Quinn allegedly admitted to arranging the buy and giving the meth to “Andy” to provide to the customer.

A search of Quinn’s car allegedly turned up several baggies of meth, two baggies of heroin and two digital scales in the glovebox. Police said they confiscated about 116 grams of meth and 3.5 grams of heroin.

Police also searched a backpack in Quinn’s car and found a Ruger .45-caliber handgun with eight bullets in the magazine and a Beretta 9mm handgun with 14 rounds in the magazine and one in the chamber. A records check revealed that the Beretta was reported stolen by the North Catasauqua Police Department.

Police charged Quinn with three counts of possession with intent to deliver and single counts of receiving stolen property, carrying a firearm without a license and criminal use of a communication device, all felonies. He also faces three counts of drug possession and one count of possession of drug paraphernalia, all misdemeanors.

Quinn failed to post bail following his arraignment and was sent to Northampton County Prison to await a preliminary hearing scheduled for Nov. 21.