Arrest nets pot, $24,000 cash

Bezilla held on drug charges


An arrest by Altoona and Penn State Altoona police last week turned up a couple of pounds of marijuana and more than $20,000 in cash.

John M. Bezilla, 20, of Yardley, who police said was living at 212 College Park Drive, Apt. 201, was taken into custody Tuesday after he allegedly sold pot to an in­formant working with po­lice, according to charges filed before Magisterial Dis­trict Judge Daniel DeAn­ton­io.

Bezilla is listed on Penn State’s student directory as attending Penn State Altoona, but that information was not confirmed.

Police allege Bezilla sold the informant half an ounce of marijuana for $85 about 10 p.m. After the sale, officers detained Bezilla and sought a search warrant for his shared apartment.

When police searched Bezilla’s room, they allegedly found 2 pounds, 3 ounces of pot as well as a safe containing $23,874 in cash. Another $1,115 in cash was allegedly found in a dresser drawer and 2.2 ounces of THC wax was in the freezer in the kitchen.

A large jar allegedly had 8 grams of cocaine in it — 5 grams in one bag and 3 grams in a another small, plastic bag, according to police.

Officers allegedly seized 78 Xanax pills and several other unnamed pills that police said were controlled substances.

Police said another 17 opened and empty vacuum-seal bags also were found, and it is suspected that Bezilla sold large quantities of pot.

Some of the bags were labeled with names such as Lemon Poundcake, Plati­num Kush and Pineapple Kush.

Bezilla was arraigned Wed­nesday by Magisterial Dis­trict Judge Paula Aigner, who set bail at a total of $100,000 cash. Bezilla posted bail Thursday through a bail bondsman and is slated to appear Wednesday at Central Court for his preliminary hearing on felony and misdemeanor drug charges.


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