According to an HPD press release, early this morning while returning from a prisoner transport, Det. Angelo Gadola and Officer Pedro Bautista observed a 2006 Chrysler Pacifica bearing Pennsylvania Registration cross over the double yellow lines, traveling south on Church Street head on while the vehicle continued to drift to the east and struck a light pole at the intersection of Maple and Church Street.
Officers made contact with the operator, 23 year old Johnathan Torres, who was under the influence of a controlled substance.
Upon making contact the Officers observed a gallon ziplock baggie containing numerous smaller bags of marijuana. Torres was placed under arrest, and further search of the vehicle found a total of 47.5g marijuana in eleven separate bags, $2070.00 cash, a Taurus G2 9mm with 12 Hornady Home Defense rounds, one Endocet Pill, two Alprazolam Pills, and numerous empty baggies for packaging, and three cell phones.
All items were seized and logged into evidence. Torres was transported to LVHH for evaluation and to request that he submit to blood test for drugs. Torres refused medical treatment, but submitted to the blood test.
Torres was transported back to City Hall where Det. Angelo Gadola completed charges for Possession with Intent to Distribute, Firearms not to be Carried without a License, Possession of a Controlled Substance (2) counts, Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol or a Controlled Substance, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Driving while Suspended.
He is pending arraignment on the charges.
Statement of Hazleton City Police Chief Jerry Speziale:
"The mission of the Hazleton City Police Department is to enhance the quality of life in our City by working in partnership with the community to enforce the law, preserve peace, reduce fear, and maintain order. The Hazleton Police Department is committed to accomplishing its mission of protecting the lives and property of all the citizens and visitors of Hazleton by treating everyone with compassion, courtesy, professionalism, and respect, while efficiently rendering public safety services and enforcing the laws impartially, by fighting crime both through deterrence and the relentless pursuit of criminals."