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A 44-year-old New York City man allegedly had more than 2 1/2 ounces of suspected cocaine at Sands Bethlehem.

A New York City man was caught with more than 2 1/2 ounces of suspected cocaine Monday at Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem, according to Pennsylvania State Police.

Qing Ben ZhuQing Ben Zhu (Courtesy photo | For lehighvalleylive.com)  

Qing Ben Zhu, 44, of Brooklyn, was reported to police by Sands security after he “sniffed a white powdery substance at a baccarat table” about 7:37 a.m. inside the casino on Bethlehem‘s South Side, court records say.

Two troopers watched Zhu leave the gaming room and enter a men’s room and followed him in.

A trooper “observed a white powdery substance” on his “upper lip as he stood at the sink,” court records say.

At that moment, Zhu “tossed a small clear plastic container with a pink lid into the bathroom sink,” according to police; inside was a white powdery substance of suspected cocaine.

A pat-down search turned up a bag in Zhu’s pocket containing three additional bags of suspected cocaine weighing about 74.2 grams.

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Zhu was arraigned before District Judge Jacqueline Taschner on a felony count of drug possession with intent to deliver, in addition to misdemeanor drug possession.

He was sent to Northampton County Prison in lieu of $150,000 bail and has a preliminary hearing tentatively scheduled Oct. 23 before District Judge Joseph Barner.

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