Easton police busted three men on drug charges Monday afternoon for alleged possession of marijuana, cocaine, heroin and Oxycodone after police followed their green Chevy Malibu.
But perhaps more significant are the criminal histories of two of the men.
An Easton man, Jeremy Wayne Snyder, 22, is awaiting trial on a rape charge involving a 17-year-old girl in Ocean City, Md. He was charged in June on allegations he raped the girl at an Ocean City motel in May, and says in his court file on the Easton bust that his rape trial will happen in two months.
Meanwhile, Cody William Stelma, 22, of Plainfield Township, admitted in his court file he spent two years in Northampton County Prison for armed robbery.
Online court records show that in March 2010, Stelma got 24-48 months in prison after pleading guilty to a charge of robbery – inflict serious bodily injury. He was arrested by state police at Belfast in connection with the June 2009 robbery, the records say.
The third man charged in the bust – Michael Anthony Drummond, 19, of Easton’s South Side – also was known by police. One of several criminal complaints filed in the bust says the department had open investigations on Drummond and Snyder for alleged controlled drug buys.
In fact, Drummond also was charged after Monday’s bust in one of those buys – an alleged cocaine sale in May outside a Wilson gas station.
A fourth man was in the green Chevy transporting the suspects. But the complaints do not say if he was charged.
The three were arraigned later Monday by on-duty District Judge John Capobianco of Nazareth. They were committed to Northampton County Prison – Drummond in lieu of $2,000 bail in Monday’s bust and $2,000 bail for the May controlled buy; Snyder in lieu of $50,000 bail, and Stelma in lieu of $25,000 bail.