Traffic Stop Leads to Firearm, Drug Charges, Police Say

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A traffic stop at Main and Water streets early Sunday led to several men being arrested on a variety of charges, Hellertown police said Thursday.

In a news release, police said the car in which the three men were traveling was stopped at 2:33 a.m. because its driver was allegedly speeding.

“Upon further investigation, marijuana and drug paraphernalia were found in the vehicle,” police said.

According to the news release, one of the men–identified in the news release and court documents as Angel Y. Pizarro Ramos, 24, of the 100 block of N. Law Street, Allentown–was also found to be carrying a loaded firearm without a license.

Police said Pizarros Ramos as well as passenger Joshua Jesse Mann, of the 4500 block of Newburg Road, Lower Nazareth Township, and driver Julio Luis Gonzalez, of the 1800 block of Lynfield Drive, Bethlehem, were charged with possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Gonzalez was also charged with driving on a suspended license, driving without a license and speeding, police said.

According to court records, following a preliminary arraignment Sunday before District Judge Daniel Corpora, Pizarro Ramos was committed to Northampton County Prison in lieu of $10,000 bail, which was changed to 10 percent of $10,000 bail the following day per the county’s Pre-Trial Services.

Pizarro Ramos posted bail Monday, according to the criminal docket sheet for his case.

His preliminary hearing is scheduled for Feb. 22 at 9 a.m. before District Judge Alan Mege in Lower Saucon Township.

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