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Caught with pot, Jason Collado tells police he was dealing to help family

By Len Righi, WFMZ.com Reporter
Published On: Sep 10 2013 12:52:14 PM CDT
BETHLEHEM, Pa. -

A man caught with several bags of marijuana told police he was selling the drug to help his financially strapped family, officials said.

Jason A. Collado was found with the marijuana while sitting in the storage shed for 1365 Fritz Drive, Bethlehem, where he had just smoked a joint with Shronel Clark around 7:40 p.m. Sunday, officials said.

Police encountered Collado and Clark after they were sent to investigate a report of two men smoking marijuana, officials said.

Clark had the remainder of a marijuana cigarette in his hand, and when police patted down Collado, they found two large plastic bags of marijuana in the pouch of his hooded sweatshirt as well as four smaller bags of pot in one of his pockets, officials said.

When an officer told Collado he had previously told Collado's mother about her son's suspected drug dealing, Collado replied he knew that but was selling marijuana to make money to help with his family through financial hardships.

Collado, 18, of 1115 Merriman Court, Bethlehem, was arraigned Monday on charges of possession of drugs with intent to deliver and possession of drug paraphernalia and committed to the Northampton County Prison on $10,000 bail, according to court documents.

A preliminary hearing is set for Sept. 18.