Cocaine Found in Wrecked Car Leads to Charges

Wallet found in car that hit house on Linden Street contained cocaine, Bethlehem police say.


A police investigation of a Mercedes C300 hitting a Bethlehem house in September has led to drug charges against a city man.

Police say they found identification in the car that led them to the suspect, Louis Rogan, 21, of 1766 W. Broad St.

Court records do not say if Rogan was driving the 2009 dark-blue car when it hit a house at 2313 Linden St. early on Sept. 22, a Saturday.

But the records say officers found a learner’s permit belonging to Rogan inside a wallet, where they also found a plastic bag of cocaine “tucked in the corner of one of the wallet’s pockets.”

Officer Lawrence Meo III writes in a criminal complaint that in early October he spoke by telephone to a male identifying himself as Rogan, who said he could meet up with the officer on Oct. 8, a Monday.

The male told Meo a description of the wallet police found in the car matches his wallet and that it was worth $600.

But Meo said that as of Oct 11, he had not heard from the male, who did not answer his phone when Meo called.

The complaint against Rogan was approved Nov. 7. He was arraigned early Monday – about four months after Meo last talked to him.

The complaint explains the Mercedes had to be towed after it hit the house. While checking for valuables, officers found the tan/brown wallet in the center compartment. The wallet contained the learner’s permit and the cocaine.

Rogan was charged with possessing a controlled or counterfeit substance – cocaine and possession with intent to use drug paraphernalia.

He was arraigned by on-duty District Judge Jackie Taschner of Palmer Township, who released him on $5,000 unsecured bail.


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