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Man charged after Allentown traffic stop nets 150 packets of synthetic marijuana

October 08, 2013By Manuel Gamiz Jr., Of The Morning Call

A man was charged with having 150 packets of synthetic marijuana in a backpack during a traf Oakley Vault fic stop Monday night in Allentown, according to court records.

Alphie Herrera, 21, with no current address, was charged with possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance and possession of a controlled substance. He was arraigned Tuesday morning before Senior Judge David Harding and sent to Lehigh County Prison under $20,000 bail. He posted ba Oakley Vault il later in the day.

According to a criminal complaint:

Allentown police were near 11th and Chew streets, a known drug area. Police saw two men pacing back and forth for about five mi Oakley Vault nutes and then a car playing loud music pulled up in the 1100 block of Chew Street. Police followed the car and stopped it in the 300 block of North 15th Street.

A packet of K 2, synthetic marijuana, fell to the ground when a front passenger got out of the car. Police found a backpack on the passenger side floor of the car. The pack was open and more packets of K 2 were in plain view.

In the backpack, police found 150 packets of K 2 and empty capsules and bags used to package drugs. Synthetic marijuana and other synthetic drugs were added to the state’s controlled substance list two years ago.

Police said Herrera had $438 and a cellphone. Court documents identified Herrera as the driver of the car, but did not say who the passenger was.

Herrera is the son of a prison inmate who died in February after being restrained by guards. Alphie Herrera Sr., 39, struggled with corrections officers who were trying to help him after he went into an epileptic seizure in his cell Feb. 27. District Attorney Jim Martin concluded that the case was closed and no charges w Oakley Vault ere warranted in Herrera’s death. Herrera’s family has since filed a wrongful death lawsuit.