FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 4, 2017
Captain Anthony Leardi / Chief Mark DiLuzio
Bethlehem Police Department
10 East Church Street
Bethlehem, PA 18018
Neighborhood Complaints of Drug Trafficking – Police Interdiction
The following is a listing of drug complaints in various Bethlehem neighborhoods and arrests made by the Bethlehem Police Department.
On September 22, 2017, the Bethlehem Police Department Special Operations Unit and Emergency Response Team served a search warrant at 113 West Frankford Street, Bethlehem. Detectives took the resident of the home, Anthony Sims into custody following the discovery of an amount of packaged crack cocaine. Anthony Sims was charged with Possession with Intent to Deliver Cocaine and arraigned before Magistrate Roy Manwaring. Bail for Sims was set at $15,000. Sims was then committed to Northampton County Prison in lieu of bail. The investigation was initiated by multiple neighborhood complaints regarding unusually high amounts of foot traffic in and around Sims residence.
On September 26, 2017, the Bethlehem Police Department Special Operations Unit and Bethlehem Police Housing Authority Officers conducted an investigation at the Bodder House, 645 Leibert Street, Bethlehem. BHA Officers responded to citizen complaints about drug activity. Elizabeth Lozada and Alison May Buchman were arrested inside Apartment 312. A search of the apartment revealed over 300 glassine packets utilized in the packaging of Heroin for distribution as well as a coffee grinder coated in Heroin residue, two digital scales, and various spoons and rubber bands associated with Heroin use and packaging. Both Lozada and Buchman were charged with Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
On September 29, 2017, the Bethlehem Police Department Special Operations Unit and Emergency Response Team served a search warrant at 642 Marshall Street, Bethlehem. Detectives arrested the resident of the home, Tyrelle Suttle. Detectives seized an amount of Methamphetamine, Heroin, Marijuana, eight (8) Clonazepam pills, one (1) Naloxone pill, hundreds of glassine packets utilized in the packaging of heroin, and $790 United States Currency. Tyrelle Suttle was charged with Possession with Intent to Deliver Methamphetamine and Heroin, Possession of Methamphetamine and Heroin, Possession of a Small Amount of Marijuana, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Suttle was arraigned before On-Duty Magistrate Hawke and committed to Northampton County Prison in lieu of $50,000 bail. This investigation was initiated by tips and neighborhood complaints.
On October 2, 2017, the Bethlehem Police Department Special Operations Unit and Emergency Response Team served a search warrant at 829 East Sixth Street, Bethlehem. In response to citizen complaints regarding heavy amounts of foot traffic at the address, Detectives conducted surveillance of the area. On October 2, 2017, detectives observed a male visit the residence briefly before departing. A vehicle stop resulted in the discovery of Cocaine and Heroin and the arrest of the operator, Jose Sierra-Mojica. Detectives executed a search warrant on the Sixth Street residence. Inside the residence, Detectives discovered Methamphetamine and drug packaging materials. A thorough search of the vehicle resulted in the seizure of Cocaine, loose Heroin, 12 glassine packets containing Heroin, hundreds of unused glassine packets utilized in the packaging of Heroin, and other Heroin packaging materials. Sierra-Mojica was charged with Possession with Intent to Deliver both Cocaine and Heroin, Possession of both Cocaine and Heroin, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. The resident of 829 East Sixth Street, Jaime Luis Otero, was taken into custody as he departed the residence, just prior to the service of the search warrant. Otero was found to be in Possession of Drug Paraphernalia An additional resident of 829 East Sixth Street, Sabrina Sawicki, will also be charged via summons for Possession of Drug Paraphernalia after several contraband items relative to the consumption of drugs were located among her belongings. Otero will be charged via summons with Possession of Methamphetamine and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Sierra-Mojica was arraigned before On-Duty Magistrate Zito, and committed to Northampton County Prison in lieu of $30,000 bail.
These investigations were initiated by tips and citizen complaints given to the Bethlehem Police Department. Each of these individuals arrested were devastating the quality of life in their respective neighborhoods and part of the Heroin problem facing this nation. It only takes one packet of Heroin to overdose. Opioid addiction throughout this nation is at epidemic levels. If you are a small dealer or large dealer, you are part of the problem. No matter if you are selling packets or bulk Heroin, the Bethlehem Police Department will identify you, investigate you and arrest you.
The Bethlehem Police Department continues to urge citizens to continue to provide its Detectives with accurate and timely information of any potential problems in and around their neighborhoods. The Bethlehem Police Department will continue to aggressively investigate and dismantle any drug trafficking operations or criminal operations within the City.
Thank you to all the citizens that tipped Bethlehem Detectives by phone calls, either anonymous or not. Thank you for being part of the solution, not the problem. If you have information about any crime in the City of Bethlehem, please call our tip line at 610-691-6660 or you can call our non-emergency number at 610-865-7187.
Mark DiLuzio Captain Anthony Leardi
Chief of Police Criminal Investigation Division