Police find, arrest man passed out on street

Hostler allegedly had about $12K to buy marijuana in Boston

An Altoona man who police say was passed out on a city street was carrying about $12,000 in cash in his backpack.

Brian Lee Hostler Jr., 31, of 805 Sixth Ave., was taken into custody on a Blair County Sheriff’s Office warrant about 10 p.m. Sunday after he was found unconscious on the 100 block of Sixth Avenue.

According to charges filed by Altoona police, AMED personnel called for police after Hostler was found passed out in the street and when officers arrived, they found Hostler had a warrant and was visibly intoxicated.

When he was taken into custody, police searched his backpack and allegedly found a small amount of marijuana along with $11,805 in cash.

Police noted that Hostler was sitting in the back of a patrol vehicle, and when police started looking in his bag, he started to curse and said he wanted to talk.

Hostler allegedly told officers that there was about $12,000 in the backpack and that he had planned to go to Boston to buy 10 pounds of marijuana with the cash. When he was asked where he got the cash, Hostler allegedly said he made the money selling marijuana.

Hostler is now charged with a felony count of dealing in the proceeds of illegal activity as well as a misdemeanor charge of possession of a small amount of marijuana. He was also cited for public drunkenness.

Magisterial District Judge Paula Aigner set bail at 10 percent of $10,000, and Hostler remains in Blair County Prison. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Wednesday at Central Court.


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