Traffic Stop in New Bethlehem Results in Drug Arrest

marijuana-arrestNEW BETHLEHEM, Pa. (EYT) – A 32-year-old man is facing felony drug and related charges following a traffic stop in the Borough of New Bethlehem.

According to a criminal complaint, around 10:10 p.m. on February 2, Sergeant Nicole L. Peck, of New Bethlehem Borough Police Department, was called to an area fast-food restaurant for a report of a male who was allegedly under the influence. It was indicated that the man got into a dark blue vehicle and was sitting stationary.

As Sergeant Peck entered the parking lot of the fast-food restaurant, she observed the subject vehicle attempt to pull out of the parking spot. She initiated a traffic stop, the complaint states.

While making the initial contact, a strong odor of Marijuana was noticed. The driver was identified as 32-year-old Adam E. Stem, of Hyde Park, Pa. He appeared very confused, and he was slurring his speech. As a result, a Standard Field Sobriety test was initiated, and he failed.

The complaint states that “Stem admitted to smoking Marijuana in the morning.”

Following a check on Stem, it was discovered there was an active bench warrant out of Armstrong County. He was placed under arrest for the active bench warrant and for Driving Under the Influence.

During a search of the vehicle, two smoking devices were found in the center console. On the passenger side floor, there was an open ziplock baggie containing a small amount of Marijuana. Behind the driver’s seat, there were two glass jars, each containing two large plastic bags containing Marijuana. The Marijuana in the jars was packaged in a manner that is indicative of the delivery of Marijuana, according to the complaint.

Stem was transported to Kittanning State Police for a DRE (Drug Recognition Expert) and then to Armstrong Hospital for a blood draw, the complaint continues.

The following charges were filed against Stem in Magisterial District Judge Jeffrey C. Miller’s office:

  • Manufacture, Delivery, or Possession With Intent to Manufacture or Deliver, Felony
  • Intentional Possession Controlled Substance By Person Not Registered, Misdemeanor
  • Use/Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Misdemeanor
  • DUI: Controlled Substance – Schedule 1 – 1st Offense, Misdemeanor
  • Careless Driving, Summary

His case is awaiting a preliminary hearing.

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