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2 Allentown men face drug charges

Published On: Jul 19 2013 02:33:10 PM CDT
Updated On: Jul 19 2013 02:52:10 PM CDT
ALLENTOWN, Pa. -

Allentown police arrested two men on drug charges Friday morning in rooms above Jabber Jaws Bar and Grille at 1327 W. Chew St. in Allentown.

The month-long  investigation leading to the arrests was the result of public complaints, according to assistant police chief Joseph Hanna.

Police arrested 21-year-old Ashley Hernandez. He's charged with possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance and simple possession.

Police executed a search warrant on his apartment. They found bags of heroin, four bags of marijuana, one bag of cocaine, along with $1,061 in cash.

As part of the investigation, police executed another search warrant on another apartment. They arrested Edwin Ramos-Rodriguez, 29, and charged him with possession of drug paraphernalia.

Earlier this month, the Allentown Zoning Hearing Board gave Richard Smith, owner of the Chew Street property once known as the West End Hotel, zoning approval to continue operating the place as a non-conforming use.

The city’s zoning law requires maximum hotel stays of 30 days. Some people stay at Smith’s place for months and others have been there for a couple of years.

Zoners waived the 30-day maximum stay requirement, but a condition of approval was that the place must be inspected by the city, to ensure public health, safety and welfare under its rental unit licensing act.