Forks Man Faces Multiple Drug Charges
During traffic stop in Bath, police discovered Forks Township man allegedly had over a pound of marijuana, court records state.
A Forks Township man is facing multiple drug charges after police discovered during a traffic stop in Bath that he was carrying nearly a pound-and-a-half of marijuana in a backpack and about $2,600 in his wallet, according to court records.
Harprit Singh, 21, of 2520 Hickory Drive was actually the passenger in the car, which a Colonial Regional police officer spotted weaving as it traveled north along Route 512 at about 2:40 a.m. Wednesday, the arrest warrant said.
The traffic stop was made at E. Northampton Street in the borough and the officer wrote in the affidavit that he immediately detected an odor of marijuana emanating from the car. He informed the driver, Hassaan Shahid, of that during the stop.
Singh was sitting in the passenger seat during the traffic stop, but the arresting officer noticed that he was moving around in his seat and appeared to be taking things from the center console and putting them in his pants, the affidavit said. The officer asked Singh to exit the car.
Then, according to the warrant:
- A drug-sniffing police dog named Rex was brought to the scene and the dog detected odors on the front side passenger door and in the trunk.
- A subsequent search of the vehicle turned up a red and black backpack on the back seat, which contained 23.5 ounces of marijuana – much of it packaged in 1-ounce bags. There was also a scale and empty plastic sandwich bags.
- During an interview with police, Shahid told police that the backpack belongs to Singh, who had it with him when he picked him up earlier.
- Singh was carrying $2,598 in cash in his wallet.
- The suspected marijuana in the backpack field-tested positively for marijuana.
Singh was charged with felony possession and possession with intent to deliver marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.
He was arraigned before night duty District Judge Nancy Matos-Gonzalez in Bethlehem and committed to Northampton County Prison in lieu of $75,000 bail.