Traffic stop results in arrest on drug counts

A city man is behind bars after a traffic stop resulted in his arrest on alleged drug charges.

According to Altoona police, Tareek A. Hemingway, 27, of Altoona kicked away a plastic bag of 40 MDMA pills that was in his shoe when he was pulled over on the 600 block of Fourth Avenue Alley about 5:30 p.m. Thursday after a report of an erratic driver.

Police said a woman passenger and three young children were in a Dodge Durango with Kansas plates that Hemingway was driving.

When Hemingway was taken to the Altoona Police Department, officers noticed a white plastic bag on his person, but Hemingway denied the bag’s existence, police noted.

In all, police confiscated five suspected packets of heroin stamped, “100 percent pure” that were hidden on Hemingway’s person, along with a blue vial of suspected cocaine.

Officers also seized $485 in cash from Hemingway.

Hemingway was booked on felony and misdemeanor drug charges along with misdemeanor counts of endangering the welfare of children.

Hemingway was also cited for driving without a license and driving on a suspended or revoked license.

Magisterial District Judge Andrew Blattenberger set bail at $50,000 cash and Hemingway remains in Blair County Prison.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for June 3 before Magisterial District Judge Daniel DeAntonio.


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