FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
SEPTEMBER 15, 2014
On 12 September 2014 at 0700 hours, the Bethlehem Police Department’s Emergency Response Team, Special Operations Unit, and the Bethlehem Housing Authority Street Crimes Unit served a search warrant at 1138 Dover Lane in the City of Bethlehem, Northampton County, Pennsylvania 18017
This search warrant was the result of an ongoing investigation into drug dealing in the Marvine/Pembroke Housing Development. Upon entry into the residence, police found JOEL FANTAUZZI, age 32, in the bathroom attempting to flush drugs down the toilet. FANTAUZZI resisted arrest. He was taken into custody.
The residence was searched and Police found 93 packets of heroin, 60 grams of cocaine, 28 grams of marijuana, a scale, packaging material for controlled substances, and over $500.00 in cash. The heroin recovered has a street value of $930.00. The cocaine recovered has a street value of $6,000.00.
JOEL FANTAUZZI was charged with three counts of Possession of a Controlled Substance, three counts of Possession With the Intent to Deliver a Controlled Substance, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Resisting Arrest, Tampering with Evidence and Criminal Use of a Communication Facility. FANTAUZZI was arraigned before Northampton County District Justice Patricia Romig-Passaro and bail was set at $100,000.00. FANTAUZZI was committed to Northampton County Prison.
The investigation is continuing and additional charges may be filed.
This investigation and arrest was the result of citizen and police cooperation. The Bethlehem Police Department will continue to cooperate and work with the public, 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 drug activity or any crime, please contact the Bethlehem Police Department Tip Line at 610-691-6660 or the Bethlehem Police Department 911 Center non-emergency line at 610-865-7187. You can remain anonymous. Your information may solve a crime, prevent a crime or save a life.
Mark A. DiLuzio
Chief of Police