Sleeping Man at Nazareth Speedway had Heroin, Police Say

Justin Scott Hanzl, 24, admitted to having a drug problem when found Saturday morning in possession of heroin and a syringe at Nazareth Speedway.

A man was found sleeping Saturday morning in a 20-year-old car on Nazareth Speedway property, and after being awakened told police he got permission to sleep there “from a guy named Keith.”

A Colonial Regional Police officer informed Justin Scott Hanzl, 24, that Keith does not own the speedway property and that the real owner doesn’t want anyone there.

Hanzl, whose home on the 600 block of Nazareth Pike (Route 191) is just down the road from the speedway property, also was found to have heroin, 18 wax baggies and a syringe, court records say. Hanzl admitted to police he has a drug problem. The speedway and Hanzl’s home are in Lower Nazareth Township.

Police found Hanzl inside a 1992 white Oldsmobile Cutlass sedan around 8:45 a.m. The car was parked in a roped-off field with a “no trespassing” sign on Christian Springs Road just off Route 191.

When police asked Hanzl for identification, four wax paper baggies with a red stamp on them fell out. Police asked him what the baggies were and Hanzl replied that he has a drug problem, the records say. The baggies contained a small amount of heroin.

Hanzl agreed to a police search of the car, but first police asked if there were any syringes inside. Hanzl said there was a capped syringe. It was found on the center console under a pillow.

Police also found 14 more wax paper baggies with suspected heroin residue inside Hanzl’s wallet.

Hanzl was charged with possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and criminal trespass.

He was arraigned later Saturday by on-duty District Judge Diane Marakovits of Northampton and committed to Northampton County Prison after failing to post $2,000 bail.


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