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10 Pounds of Pot Found in Luggage, Trash Bags

Newtown Township Police discovered the large amount of marijuana during a traffic stop.

Newtown Township Police made arrests following a traffic where about 10 pounds of marijuana was found. (Credit: Newtown Twp. Police)
Newtown Township Police made arrests following a traffic where about 10 pounds of marijuana was found. (Credit: Newtown Twp. Police)

Two men were recently arrested and now face felony charges of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, after police found about 10 pounds of marijuana inside luggage during a traffic stop, according to Newtown Township Police. 

Police stopped a brown Honda at about 4:28 p.m. on Nov. 15 on the 3400 block of West Chester Pike when the vehicle appeared to be following too closely to the vehicle in front of it, according to police.

Police detected a strong odor of marijuana coming from inside the car and both the driver and passenger appeared extremely nervous and would look towards each other before answering basic police questions, according to police.

Both men came back with no active warrants and had valid drivers licenses and police returned the identifications back to the men and said they were free to go, according to police 
 
Police then asked the driver, Joseph Newman, if there was anything illegal in the car such as guns or drugs and Newman replied no, according to police.

The police officer then asked Newman if he could conduct a search of the car for illegal contraband and Newman gave police consent to search the car, according to police.

During the search, police continued to detect the strong smell of marijuana and a K-9 partner, who is certified in narcotics detection, strongly indicated the same, according to police.

As a result of the K-9 indication and police observations, police opened the trunk of the car and immediately saw in plain view, a black trash bag filled with a large amount of packaged marijuana, according to police.

An additional two large packages of marijuana were also found inside a silver luggage bag also in the trunk, according to police.

In total, police retrieved nine large freezer bags and two smaller freezer bags filled with marijuana, about a total of 10 pounds, from the trunk of the Honda, Newtown Police Chief Christopher Lunn said. 

Newman, 31, of Lock Haven, Pa. and Jason Dean Webb, 41, of California, were placed into custody and transported to the police station.

About $2,000 and two cell phones were also seized during the arrest, Lunn said. 

Newman and Webb were each charged with felony counts of possession with intent to deliver, possession of drug paraphernalia, criminal conspiracy and related offenses, according to court documents.

Webb was held in Delaware County Prison unable to post bail until Dec. 15 when he posted 10 percent of $200,000 cash bail, according to court documents. 

Newman remains held in Delaware County Prison unable to post 10 percent of $250,000 bail, according to court documents. 

Both await preliminary hearings. 
Stel December 10, 2013 at 09:21 AM
This is ridiculous. These two men will have their lives ruined not because of marijuana, but because of antiquated marijuana laws created out of fear and paranoia. Have we learned nothing from alcohol prohibition? In addition marijuana is a safer drug than alcohol by just about every measure. End marijuana prohibition now. Give cops more time to solve real crime. Stop trying to solve, what is at worst, a public health issue by criminalizing it.
AnnaMarie Martinelli McCann December 12, 2013 at 12:50 PM
I dont get why they just didnt say no you can not search my car.
JDBroomall December 12, 2013 at 03:04 PM
I don't understand why the police said they were free to go if they smelled drugs. If they smelled drugs, that's enough probable cause to conduct a search. Either way, you should NEVER consent to a search, ever. You give up any rights you have and you never know 100% what's in your car that might be illegal from a current/former passenger, mechanic, valet, etc. dropping it there.
E December 13, 2013 at 10:15 AM
They could have refused the search. But then - guess what? Alright - sit tight and we will obtain a warrant while we detain you. Oh - by the way - 10 lbs of weed? Not really for recreational use. What they didn't tell you is if these 2 idiots have a criminal record. I suspect they probably do. Do we want people like this in Marple Newtown? Do we want people with, not ounces, but POUNDS of weed having it around our schools? Think about that. What kind of people would be drawn to knowing someone has several pounds of weed in their residence and lots of CASH? Think about it again. I have a family here. These scumbags deserved to get caught and should do time.
JDBroomall December 13, 2013 at 10:25 AM
We aren't disagreeing "E", I live here too. Great police work and glad they got caught. Outside of this story, just a general rule of thumb, people should know their rights and never consent to searches. If police have probable cause, they don't need a warrant and they can proceed with searches. You can never know 100% what's in your car from someone else.
Stel December 13, 2013 at 11:06 AM
E, what is it, specifically that you find so bad about marijuana, in comparison to say, alcohol?
Newtown19073 December 15, 2013 at 10:15 AM
Do these police officers have names? Courtney says the police reports don't have the names on them. That is not the information I have. Even so, how about a little investigative journalism?
Laurie January 04, 2014 at 11:20 PM
E, first of all they did say the men had no warrants & both had valid DL's. I find it hard to believe that if they had criminal records that they would have no active warrants & be able to get DL's. Second of all, I agree with everyone else about alcohol being a worse drug. Alcohol creates serious bodily injuries & death when people either get behind the wheel of their cars or get "beer balls", and get into brawls. Whereas, "potheads" sit back, relax and chill. I've dealt with both drunk people and high people, and believe me the drunks are much, much more difficult!!! Legalize what is a naturally grown plant, not some chemically induced liquor that will kill you & others!!!
Laurie January 04, 2014 at 11:24 PM
Btw, I do not smoke weed & never will!

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