Borough Council Votes to Fire Garbageman Charged With Dealing Meth

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Without any discussion, Hellertown Borough Council Monday night unanimously voted to terminate the employment of a public works department employee who earlier this month was charged with dealing methamphetamine.

Lance Remington Eure, 59, of the 1900 block of Oakhurst Drive, Upper Saucon Township, was arrested and charged with one count of felony possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance Sept. 6 after he allegedly was found with meth and other paraphernalia associated with dealing narcotics in his personal vehicle near the grist mill in Hellertown.

Shortly after 5 a.m. borough police were there waiting for him to arrive for the start of his work shift after they said they received a tip that Eure–a borough garbageman–was allegedly “in possession of methamphetamine, using methamphetamine and operating under the influence of Oxycodone medication,” according to an affidavit of probable cause filed by Ofc. Tim Piotrowski in District Court in Lower Saucon Township.

Police said that at the time of his arrest Eure also admitted to taking an Oxycontin tablet before coming to work, and that A.R.I.D.E. field tests administered to him revealed he had “eye pupils that were stationary.”

As of Sept. 18 Eure has not been charged with DUI, but in addition to the possession with intent to deliver charge he is also charged with possession of a small amount of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

According to his arrest affidavit, an impound inventory of Eure’s truck resulted in the confiscation of “numerous” bottles of Oxycontin, a pill container containing marijuana in the passenger door, approximately 30 grams of meth, a digital scale under the driver’s seat and clear plastic baggies on the dashboard.

As of Monday Eure remained incarcerated in Northampton County Prison in lieu of $100,000 straight bail, according to court records.

A preliminary hearing in his case is scheduled to be held Thursday at 3:15 p.m. before District Judge Alan Mege.

According to Lehigh County court records, Eure–who turns 60 on Wednesday–is also facing a charge of disorderly conduct-engaging in fighting stemming from an alleged Sept. 3 incident in Upper Saucon Township.

That summary charge was filed Sept. 13, and Eure has yet to enter a plea in that case, according to the records.

In addition to voting to terminate Eure Monday, Hellertown Borough Council also voted to advertise a full-time sanitation position with the borough.

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