February 16, 2012

Traffic stop leads to marijuana arrests

Deputy Whiteman with the Marijuana seized in this case.

Marathon – Two men were arrested for possessing marijuana after failing to stop at an intersection on Aviation Boulevard Wednesday night.

Deputy Nicholis Whiteman was on patrol when he saw a dark colored SUV fail to stop at 107th Street and 6th Avenue shortly after 10 p.m. When he pulled the car over, he found 22 year old  Giuseppe Melia of Marathon driving and 20 year old John Kornetti of Marathon riding as his passenger.

When Melia rolled down his window, Deputy Whiteman smelled the odor of marijuana coming from inside. He called back up officers to the scene. When Melia was confronted with the odor, he admitted to having marijuana in his vehicle.

At first, Melia handed over a  mason jar with one bud of marijuana inside; when the officers asked if he had any more, he admitted to having plastic bags of the illegal substance under the back seat. The bags were located, Inside were 472 grams of marijuana. A digital scale was also found in the truck. Kornetti admitted the scale was his.

Melia was arrested and charged with possession of marijuana and possession of marijuana with intent to sell. Kornetti was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia. They were both taken to jail.

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