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Drug arrests reported in Thorpe

Published November 20. 2013 05:00PM

Jim Thorpe police reported on two drug arrests made by officers recently in separate incidents.

On Nov. 14 about 4:36 p.m. police were notified to be on the lookout for a Pontiac vehicle wanted by Nesquehoning police concerning a drug investigation.

Police observed a vehicle matching the description along SR209. The vehicle then turned onto SR903. Police made a traffic stop in the 1100 block of North Street.

The driver was identified as Amanda Cathleen Petaccio, of Albrightsville. A passenger in the vehicle was identified as Robert A. Robinson III, 27, of 218 Broadview Drive, Jim Thorpe.

Police said Robinson was asked to exit the vehicle after they observed what they felt was criminal activity. Upon exiting the car Robinson told officers he had in is his possession heroin and a hypodermic needle inside his jacket pocket and under the passenger side seat. Also seized was two hydrocodone pills in his jacket.

Robinson was placed under arrest and charged with two misdemeanor counts of unlawful possession of a controlled substance and one misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia.

He was placed in the county prison in Nesquehoning on unrelated warrants, police added.

On Monday, Nov. 18, at about 10:22 p.m. police were dispatched to the area of 286 W. Broadway for a report of suspicious activity. On scene officers found Joseph Dougherty, 28, of 68 Shad Blue Lane, Jim Thorpe, sitting in the driver's seat of his 1999 Dodge Caravan.

Police observed Dougherty holding several packs of suspected heroin, which he dropped when he saw police.

Dougherty was placed under arrest and police seized bags of suspected heroin, a spoon, and a syringe from the vehicle.

Dougherty was charged with one misdemeanor count of unlawful possession of a controlled substance, two misdemeanor counts of possession of drug paraphernalia, and one summary count of driving while operating privileges is suspended or revoked.

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