Nazareth man caught in methamphetamine investigation had .40 caliber handgun, stun gun: police

A man from Nazareth faces gun felony charges after police took him into custody last week during an investigation into methamphetamine trafficking, authorities said.

Kyle R. Peterson, 33, of the 300 block of South Main Street, was arrested after officers from the Northampton County Drug Task Force on Sunday evening monitored a car occupied by two known methamphetamine users and distributors, a statement said. Press. of the colonial regional police.

Peterson encountered one of the occupants in the back parking lot of a Hanover Township hotel, according to police, who recognized Peterson as wanted on criminal drug distribution warrants. He had active arrest warrants from the Northampton County Sheriff’s Department and the Pennsylvania Probation and Parole Board and was wanted by the United States Marshal’s Fugitives Task Force in conjunction with agencies local and state, depending on the release.

Peterson climbed into the back seat of the car, which drove off, police said.

Police then reportedly stopped the car at around 12:05 am Monday and took Peterson into custody.

Peterson had about 20 grams of methamphetamine and a handheld stun gun in his possession, police said. Investigators obtained a search warrant for a backpack Peterson had when he got into the car and found an additional 29 grams of methamphetamine as well as a loaded .40 caliber Hi-Point handgun, according to the communicated.

Peterson, who is prohibited from owning firearms, was then taken to a local hospital due to a medical emergency, police said.

He was arraigned Thursday morning before District Judge Vivian Zumas on counts of prohibited possession of firearms and carrying firearms without a license, as well as two offenses: possession of drugs and charge of offensive weapons.

Peterson was sent to Northampton County Jail in lieu of $ 25,000 bail and faces a tentatively scheduled preliminary hearing on August 5 before Zumas to determine whether there is sufficient evidence to return the charges to the Northampton County Court.

Colonial regional police were assisted in the investigation by officers from Nazareth and Bushkill Township, the statement said.

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