Police Called for Burglary, Find $25,000 in Fentanyl Instead

When called to a burglary, you never know what you might find. Police officers were called to a home in Altoona, Pennsylvania, but instead of finding a break-in, they discovered $25,000 worth of Fentanyl and other drugs at the residence.

Police arrived at Allen Phelan Jr.’s house on 15th Avenue at around 1 a.m. on August 25, 2023. According to the criminal complaint, Phelan claimed that someone broke into his apartment by breaking his window. However, when officers checked, they said that there were no signs that anyone got into the apartment.

When asked if he knew if anything was missing, he took police inside his residence where they saw what looked like clonazepam pills sitting in an open safe. Phelan allegedly told them he keeps them in various places in case he has a panic attack.

Phelan was unable to show the officers a prescription for the drugs. Also while in the apartment, police alleged a pill bottle with a white powder was out in clear view along with a small measuring spoon with white residue.

The 46-year-old was taken into custody while getting a search warrant. According to the complaint, while executing the warrant, police discovered the following:

  • 47 grams of Fentanyl and 71 packages of it valued at $25,000.
  • 13 grams of meth valued at $1,300.
  • 20 grams of marijuana valued at $600.
  • 9 suboxone strips valued at $400.
  • 12 clonazepam valued at $150.

Police noted they also uncovered an electronic scale, various-sized baggies, multiple smoking devices and small glass vials with twists tops. Phelan has had a previous possession with intent to deliver conviction. He was placed in Blair County Prison with bail set at $50,000.

Source: https://www.wtaj.com/news/local-news/altoona-police-called-for-burglary-find-25k-in-fentanyl-instead/