Lehigh man convicted of drug charges
A Carbon County jury panel deliberated for about an hour on Tuesday afternoon before finding a Lehigh County man guilty of drug charges.
The panel found Drew Ali Muslim, 28, whose last known address was Allentown, guilty of one count each of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance-cocaine, possession, and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was found not guilty of criminal conspiracy to possess a controlled substance.
Muslim was arrested on June 29, 2011, when state police at Lehighton went to a residence at 86 Mountain View Drive, in Penn Forest Township, to serve a warrant for a wanted person. Muslim was that wanted person.
When troopers entered the home they found a large amount of crack cocaine. Also arrested at the time was Muslim's sister, Wakeelah Jasmine Muslim, 26, of Allentown.
At the time of the arrest troopers said the two were taken into custody following a brief stand-off. Troopers said Drew Muslim had eaten an unknown amount of crack cocaine in an alleged effort to conceal his activities while being taken into custody.
He was taken to the Lehighton hospital and admitted for a period of time.
He has been in the county prison since his arrest.
His sister pleaded guilty on May 17 to one count of possession and was sentenced to serve six to one day less 24 months in the county prison. She was immediately released on parole since she had already served her minimum.
At the time of the arrest she claimed the drugs were hers.
Assistant District Attorney Michael Greek prosecuted the case while Muslim was represented by court-appointed Attorney Michael Gough.
The panel began hearing testimony on Monday after being selected in the morning.
President Judge Roger N. Nanovic II presided. He ordered the adult probation office to prepare a presentence investigation report prior to sentencing. Muslim was returned to the county prison after the verdict was announced.