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Councilman Facing Drug Charges in Northeastern Pa.

Authorities say a northeastern Pennsylvania borough councilman faces charges after he was caught buying heroin.

The Monroe County district attorney's office says Stroudsburg Borough Council Vice President Neil Lawson Allen was arrested Sunday. Authorities say an officer went to Kay's Tavern and observed a suspected drug dealer entering Allen's vehicle and saw Allen put drugs in his pocket.

Detective Eric Kerchner says ten bags of heroin were recovered and Allen was taken into custody. Authorities say the councilman confessed and said he started using heroin six weeks ago because of back pain.

There was no answer Wednesday at a telephone listing for Allen. Council President Kim Diddio says she wants to speak with the solicitor before deciding whether to take action to suspend him.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.