Heroin found hidden in cheeseburger after Slate Belt traffic stop, police say

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This was no 99 cent burger!

Men from Wilson Borough and Allentown face numerous charges after a traffic stop on Thursday evening in Plainfield Township yielded heroin hidden in a cheeseburger and more than an ounce of cocaine packaged for sale, Slate Belt Regional police report in court papers.

A Slate Belt officer was parked just before 7:30 p.m. conducting an aggressive driving effort in the 500 block of Moorestown Road near the exit ramp from Route 33 North, police said. While he was making random license plate checks, the registration on a silver Acura sedan came back expired, police said.

The officer followed the car into a nearby McDonald’s parking lot and when the Acura came out of the drive-thru, it was pulled over, police said.

Passenger Anthony Garcia Fernandez, 34, of the 100 block of North 16th Street in Wilson, tried to get out carrying a brown paper bag, but he was told to stay put, police said.

The car smelled like marijuana and while speaking to driver Miguel Angel Cruz, 36, of the 400 block of North 22nd Street in Allentown, the officer saw a joint in the area of the center console, police said.

The officer returned to his vehicle to make a check of Cruz’s license, which came back suspended, and also learned Cruz had warrants involving driving under the influence and drug possession, police said.

The officer conducted a search of the car and found one of the men had eaten the joint and when checked, parts of it were found in his mouth, police said.

The officer also found four glassine wax bags containing heroin that one of the men had put inside the cheeseburger that he was eating before being detained, police said. The way the drug was packaged indicated it was also prepared for sale, police said.

While further searching the car, officers found just more than an ounce of cocaine separated into three bags and as well as more heroin, for a total of 12 grams, police said. They also recovered a half-ounce of marijuana, police said.

After being read his rights, Cruz told police that Fernandez and he were planning to sell the drugs, police said.

The men were arraigned early Friday morning before District Judge Robert Hawke on charges that included possession with intent to deliver drugs (two counts), conspiracy to do the same (two counts), possession of a controlled substance (two counts) and related offenses. Fernandez also faces two counts of tampering with evidence while Cruz received six vehicular violations, records show.

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