A "Phillie bundle" of suspected fentanyl and over $2,000 cash were found in hidden compartments inside a sedan during a traffic stop in Williamsport, according to police.
Amin K. Akbar, 30, admitted his Infinity Sedan was altered for the trafficking of narcotics, according to Williamsport Bureau of Police Patrolman Clinton Gardner.
The vehicle was stopped due to a tint violation on November 24, 2019, near Newberry Street and Arch Street. Upon making contact with Akbar, Patrolman Gardner reportedly noticed a neon colored rubber band on his pant leg. The rubber band was consistent with the type used in the packaging of narcotics, according to police.
Akbar consented to a pat down and due to the paraphernalia on Akbar's leg, a vehicle search was conducted, police stated.
"Three separate 'traps,' or voids/hidden compartments, utilized for the trafficking of narcotics, were discovered in the vehicle," Patrolman Gardner wrote.
A "Phillie bundle" of 14 blue wax bags containing suspected fentanyl, and additional empty blue wax bags used for packaging, were discovered in the "traps" in the seats, according to police.
A "trap" in the center console reportedly contained a sock holding $2,698 cash, primarily in $20 bills, the most common denomination used among traffickers, police stated.
Two cellular telephones also were recovered from the vehicle, one of which rang continuously during the stop and displayed street names of other known narcotics traffickers, Patrolman Gardner wrote.
Akbar possessed no means of ingesting the drugs, according to police.
Akbar was arrested at the scene and charged with one count each of ungraded felony manufacture/deliver or possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance, ungraded misdemeanor possession of a controlled substance by a person not registered, and one ungraded misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia.
Akbar was confined to Lycoming County Prison in lieu of $125,000 straight bail on November 24, 2019.
He is scheduled for a formal arraignment before Court of Common Pleas Judge Marc F. Lovecchio on December 16, 2019.