Pot, cash, suspected drugs seized during traffic stop

Special to the Journal/Perry Township police Perry Township police laid out drugs and cash seized during a traffic stop Monday.

SALEM — Perry Township police seized cash, marijuana, drug paraphernalia and an unknown white powdery substance during a traffic stop stemming from an investigation into solicitors Monday afternoon, issuing citations to two of the three vehicle occupants.

The driver, William Jackson, 35, of Pittsburgh, was cited with a minor misdemeanor for possession of marijuana while one of his passengers, Derek Stewart, 21, of South Park, Pa., was cited for a minor misdemeanor of possession of drug paraphernalia stemming from a glass pipe found in a shoe during a probable cause search of the vehicle.

Police Chief Mike Emigh said other charges may be pending after the white powdery substance is tested.

Police had originally been dispatched at 5:01 p.m. Monday to the area of U.S. Route 62 to watch for a tan van with a Pennsylvania registration after it was involved in an earlier incident. The caller from Alliance reported three males attempted to sell him home entertainment equipment. He said they sold to him last year and when he opened the boxes, they were empty.

The van was stopped and an officer explained to the men why they were being stopped, with the driver saying he wasn’t the one working for the company last year. Police did look at the equipment to assure there were items in the boxes being sold.

During the interaction, police officers noticed a smell of raw marijuana coming from the vehicle. The driver and two passengers were asked to step out of the vehicle so a probable cause search could be done, both of the occupants and the vehicle itself, leading to the discoveries.

The report said the marijuana and three tie-offs containing a white powdery substance were found in a false bottom of the vehicle in a backpack.

When asked how much cash was seized, Emigh said $700.

Salem police also assisted at the scene.