SIGNIFICANT SEIZURE OF COCAINE AND OTHER DRUGS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

AUGUST 14, 2014

BETHLEHEM, PENNSYLVANIA

On August 13, 2014, the Bethlehem Police Department, in cooperation with the Drug Enforcement Administration Allentown Resident Office and the Allentown Police Department Vice and Intelligence Unit, conducted an operation that targeted a high level, Bethlehem based cocaine trafficker.  Acting on an investigative lead, detectives conducted surveillance on Carmelo Sanchez-Agosto (Age 34) of the 1100 Block of East Fourth Street.  Detectives were able to make significant observations that led to the arrest of Sanchez-Agosto for the felony delivery of cocaine.  1,211 dollars was seized from Sanchez-Agosto at the time of his arrest.  Those observations additionally led to the issuance of two search warrants.  The first search warrant was for Sanchez-Agosto’s home at 1115 East Fourth Street.  

1115 E 4th St

1115 E 4th St

The second search warrant was for Sanchez-Agosto’s business, which was a garage at 1512 East Sixth Street. 

1512 E 6th St

1512 E 6th St

At approximately 2130 hours, both search warrants were served.  The search of the garage at 1512 East Sixth Street produced the following:

  • 1,028 grams of cocaine, which is just over one kilogram. A kilogram of cocaine can be purchased wholesale for approximately 38,000 dollars.  The same amount of cocaine can be sold on the street for approximately 55,000 dollars. 
  • 16 grams of loose heroin. Once packaged, this amount of heroin is worth a street value of approximately 4,800 dollars.
  • 320 grams of marijuana. Once packaged, this amount of marijuana is worth a street value of approximately 2,000 dollars.
  • 69 Oxycodone pills, which is worth a street value of approximately 1,380 dollars.
  • Packaging material for the above drugs including two scales, 500 unused glassine heroin bags, several bottles of cutter material, hundreds of sandwich bags and Ziploc bags, spoons, strainer and a heat sealer.

     Sanchez-Agosto was charged with one count of deliver of cocaine, three counts of possession of a controlled substance (cocaine, heroin and marijuana), three counts of possession with the intent to deliver a controlled substance (cocaine, heroin and marijuana) and one count of possession of drug paraphernalia. Sanchez-Agosto was arraigned before on duty Northampton County District Justice Jackie Taschner.  Bail was set at 2,000,000 dollars and Sanchez-Agosto was committed to Northampton County Prison.

    This drug arrest was the result of joint police cooperation, and an excellent police investigation. I would like to personally thank Agents from the DEA, Detectives from the Allentown Police Vice and Intelligence Unit and Detectives from the Bethlehem Police Department Special Operations Unit, for a fine piece of police work that lead to the arrest of a significant drug trafficker. Keep up the great work. 

     The Bethlehem Police Department will continue to work with and cooperate in every way with federal, state, county and local law enforcement in joint investigations, and use all resources available in its efforts to investigate all drug and criminal complaints, and to arrest all individuals that sell drugs, and/or possess or use illegal firearms, or commit crimes of violence and other crimes, in the City of Bethlehem.

     If you have any information on any crime in the city of Bethlehem, please contact Bethlehem City Police via our 911 Communication Center at 610-865-7187.

 

 

SEARCH WARRANT LEADS TO ARREST

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

AUGUST 14, 2014

BETHLEHEM, PENNSYLVANIA

     On August 13, 2014, at approximately 6:30pm, the Bethlehem Police Department’s Vice Unit, Street Crimes Unit and Bethlehem Housing Authority Unit served a search warrant at 1307 East Fourth Street, second floor apartment, the home of an Alexander Acevedo (age 36). 

1307 E. 4th St 2nd Floor

1307 E. 4th St 2nd Floor

This search warrant was the result of an ongoing investigation into heroin dealing in the City of Bethlehem.  A search was conducted of 1307 East Fourth Street, second floor, and police located the following items.  Seven and a half bundles of heroin (75 bags) worth a street value of 750 dollars, 275 dollars, a scale and packaging material.  Acevedo was charged with possession and possession with the intent to deliver heroin and possession of drug paraphernalia.  Acevedo was arraigned in front of Northampton County on-duty District Justice Jackie Taschner and bail was set at 500,000 dollars.  Acevedo was committed to Northampton County Prison.

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SANDS PARKING GARAGE INCIDENT

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

AUGUST 13, 2014

BETHLEHEM, PENNSYLVANIA

On Tuesday, August 12, 2014, at 6:44 hours, the Bethlehem Police Department 911 Center received a call about a domestic dispute in the 900 block of Hellertown Road.

Police units responded and found a female with injures. The female stated that her husband assaulted her, threw her out of the car, threatened her and took their three year old son. Her husband threatened suicide.

A short time letter, the Bethlehem Police 911 Center received a call from a male threatening suicide on the 7th level of the Sands Casino Parking Garage. The male indicated that he had a child with him.

Bethlehem Police units responded to the Sands Casino Parking Garage. As the first Officers, Officer Blake Kuntz and Officer Michael DiLuzio, pulled onto Sands property, the Officers observed a male on the top level of the garage standing on the railing holding a child. The two Officers approached the male and spoke with him. The male was the husband with the three year old son. He appeared visibly and emotionally upset. The two Officers were able to get the male to place the child down onto the floor. The male did this and stood back up and started to move forward to jump. As he did this, the two Officers rushed him, grabbing and tackling him to the parking deck floor.

The three year old child was uninjured. The mother of the child was treated for injures and child and mother were re-united.

The male in this incident was taken to St. Lukes Hospital where he was admitted for a mental health evaluation. This incident is under investigation and Criminal Charges are pending at this time.

We are not releasing the name of the male at this time since he has not been formally charged with anything at this time. As the investigation proceeds, additional information may be released.

Thank You

Mark A. DiLuzio

Chief of Police

UPDATED INFO – COLLAZO IS IN CUSTODY

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

AUGUST 11, 2014

BETHLEHEM, PENNSYLVANIA

The search for MANUEL COLLAZO who is wanted by the Bethlehem Police Department is over.

MANUEL COLLAZO surrendered to the Lake County Sheriff’s Department this morning at approx. 11:30   am in Lake County, Ohio.

COLLAZO is currently in their custody and he will be incarcerated in Ohio until extradition back to Northampton County, Pennsylvania.

The Northampton County District Attorney’s Office was notified and is involved in the extradition process to return COLLAZO back to Pennsylvania to face justice.

MANUEL COLLAZO is charged with Criminal Attempt to Commit Homicide, (2) Counts Aggravated Assault, Possessing Instruments of Crime, (3) Counts Terroristic Threats, Persons Not to Possess Firearms, Firearms Not to be Carried and (3) Counts Recklessly Endangering Another Person.

COLLAZO has a criminal history for Drugs, Aggravated Robbery and Felonious Assault. COLLAZO is a convicted Felon.

The City of Bethlehem Police Department would like to Thank Law Enforcement Agencies in Lake County and the Cleveland Ohio area for their assistance in this matter and their help in the search for COLLAZO in Ohio.

This shooting is under investigation by City Detectives. Anyone having any information relative to this shooting is asked to call the Bethlehem Police Department 911 Center at 610-865-7187 or Detective Brad Jones at 610-865-7146.

Your information can remain anonymous.

Mark A. DiLuzio

Chief of Police

-UPDATED INFO- CORTIJO TAKEN INTO CUSTODY ON 8/10/14

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

AUGUST 10, 2014

BETHLEHEM, PENNSYLVANIA

On Sunday, August 10, 2014, at 12:00 noon, JULIUS JOSE CORTIJO was arrested by Bethlehem Police Detective Christopher Beebe. CORTIJO surrendered to Bethlehem Police at Bethlehem Police Department Headquarters.

CORTIJO was processed and then arraigned before Northampton County Duty Judge Jackie Taschner on charges of Attempted Homicide, Aggravated Assault, Firearm charges and related charges.

JULIUS JOSE CORTIJO is 17 years old. CORTIJO was charged as an adult in this crime.

Bail for JULIUS JOSE CORTIJO was set by Judge Taschner and CORTIJO was committed to Northampton County Prison awaiting Court action.

Thank You

Mark A. DiLuzio

Chief of Police

WANTED INDIVIDUAL IN GARRISON ST SHOOTING

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

AUGUST 10, 2014

BETHLEHEM, PENNSYLVANIA

UPDATE INFO – CORTIJO TAKEN INTO CUSTODY ON 8/10/14

The following person is WANTED by the City of Bethlehem Police Department.

Bethlehem Police are looking for JULIUS JOSE CORTIJO.

 

CORTIJO is a Hispanic male, age 17. CORTIJO is 5’3” to 5’5” and weighs approx. 130-140lbs. CORTIJO’S last known address was 213 S. 13th Street, in Allentown, Pennsylvania. CORTIJO has relatives in Allentown area and may be staying with relatives. CORTIJO has ties with a street gang out of Allentown.

JULIUS JOSE CORTIJO is wanted on the following charges:

(2) Counts Criminal Attempt Homicide

(2) Counts Aggravated Assault

(2) Counts Aggravated Assault with Firearm

(2) Counts Recklessly Endangering Another Person

Firearm Not to Be Carries Without License

Possessing Instruments of Crime

CORTIJO should be considered armed and dangerous

JULIUS JOSE CORTIJO is wanted for the shooting of two other males at West Garrison Street and Masslich Streets in Bethlehem City, Northampton County, which occurred on August 5, 2014 at 11:00 pm.

JULIUS JOSE CORTIJO is a Juvenile but he is being charged as an adult per Northampton County District Attorney’s Office.

If you have any information on JULIUS JOSE CORTIJO, please contact the City of Bethlehem 911 Center or Bethlehem City Detectives or Detective Christopher Beebe at 610-865-7187.

Your information can remain anonymous.

Mark A. DiLuzio

Chief of Police

WARRANT ISSUED IN 8/7/14 SOUTHSIDE SHOOTING

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

AUGUST 7, 2014

BETHLEHEM, PENNSYLVANIA

On Thursday, August 7, 2014, at approximately 0042 hours, Bethlehem Police Officers responded to a shooting outside of the Happy Tap Bar at 601 E. Fourth Street, Bethlehem, Northampton County, Pennsylvania.

The victim, a 24 year old male, from Lehigh County, was struck by gunfire in his back. The victim ran to the area of Founders Way and Second Street where Police found him. Bethlehem City Police transported the victim to St. Lukes Hospital for t medical treatment. The victim was listed in stable condition as of early this morning.

The victim was in the Happy Tap Bar. When the victim left the bar, a Hispanic male followed the victim outside of the bar. Once outside the bar on the sidewalk, the Hispanic male pulled out a handgun, pointing the handgun at two other males who had exited the bar, and then proceeded to open fire with the handgun towards the victim. The victim fled on foot from the bar area.

Thru investigation by City Detectives, the Hispanic male shooter has been identified as one MANUEL COLLAZO, age 30, from 2315 Oak Park Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio 44109.

Manuel Collazo Ohio DL

Manuel Collazo

A warrant for COLLAZO’S arrest was sworn out by Detective Brad Jones before Northampton County Judge Nancy Matos. COLLAZO is charged with Criminal Attempt to Commit Homicide, (2) Counts of Aggravated Assault, Possessing Instruments of Crime, (3) Counts Terroristic Threats, Persons Not to Possess Firearms,

Firearms Not to be Carried Without a License, and (3) Counts Recklessly Endangering Another Person.

COLLAZO has a criminal history for Drugs, Aggravated Robbery and Felonious Assault. COLLAZO is a convicted Felon and should be considered Armed and Dangerous.

COLLAZO made be operating a silver Jeep Patriot bearing Ohio License plates. COLLAZO is accompanied by a female and two small children.

If see or have any information of MANUEL COLLAZO please contact the Bethlehem Police Department.

This shooting is under investigation by City Detectives. Anyone having any information relative to this shooting or this Hispanic male is asked to call the Bethlehem Police Department 911 Center at 610-865-7187 or Detective Brad Jones at 610-865-7146.

Your information can remain anonymous.

Mark A. DiLuzio

Chief of Police

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AUGUST 7 SOUTHSIDE SHOOTING

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

AUGUST 7, 2014

BETHLEHEM, PENNSYLVANIA

On Thursday, August 7, 2014, at approximately 0042 hours, Bethlehem Police Officers responded to a shooting outside of the Happy Tap Bar at 601 E. Fourth Street, Bethlehem, Northampton County, Pennsylvania.

The shooting happened after the victim exited the bar. Outside of the bar, a Hispanic male approached the victim, pulled a handgun and shot at the victim. The male victim fled on foot being chased by the Hispanic male with the gun.

The victim, a 24 year old male, from Lehigh County, was struck by gunfire in his torso area. The victim ran to the area of Founders Way and Second Street where Police found him. Bethlehem City Police transported the victim to St. Lukes Hospital for medical treatment. The victim was listed in stable condition as of early this morning.

This shooting is under investigation by City Detectives. Anyone having any information relative to this shooting or this Hispanic male is asked to call the Bethlehem Police Department 911 Center at 610-865-7187 or Detective Brad Jones at 610-865-7146.

Your information can remain anonymous.

Mark A. DiLuzio

Chief of Police

GARRISON ST SHOOTING PRESS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

AUGUST 6, 2014

BETHLEHEM, PENNSYLVANIA

On Tuesday, August 5, 2014, Bethlehem Police Officers observed a large crowd in the area of Garrison and Guetter Streets. Some type of physical altercation was beginning. When Police units arrived to disperse the crowd, Officers heard multiple gunshots and people from the crowd started running in all directions.

A male with a gunshot wound to his right hip was found in a parking lot at Main Street and Union Blvd. This victim was treated at the scene by City Paramedics and taken to St. Lukes Hospital for treatment. He is listed in stable condition.

A second gunshot wound victim, another male, was taken by private vehicle to Lehigh Valley Hospital Center, Muhlenberg Campus, Bethlehem, by associates. He suffered a gunshot wound to his groin area and is listed in stable condition.

The shooting scene was established to be at the intersection of Garrison Street and Masslich Streets. Evidence was recovered at the scene. 6-10 individuals were detained by Police for questioning.

This shooting is under investigation by City Detectives. At this time we are asking if anyone has any information on this shooting to contact the City of Bethlehem Police Department 911 Center or Bethlehem Police Detectives at 610-865-7187.

Your information can remain anonymous.

Thank You

Mark A. DiLuzio

Chief of Police