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Parkway Police: Nearly a Pound of Pot Found in Car

Orange County man, Bronx man accused of drug possession with intent to sell after their car is stopped for problem with license plate.

Palisades Interstate Parkway Police conducting a seatbelt checkpoint on the New Jersey section of the parkway say they discovered nearly a pound of marijuana in a car that was stopped because of a problem with a license plate.

A Bronx man and an Orange County man were charged with drug possession with intent to distribute in the 3:20 p.m. incident on Thursday in Fort Lee, according to Lt. Michael J. Coppola. The men, Christopher Bravo, 23, of Pratt Avenue in the Bronx and Vernon Moreland, 28, of Route 94 in New Windsor, face a court hearing on April 6.

Coppola said PIP officers Frankie Garrett, Lee Frazzano, and Jeffrey Kimbro were conducting a seatbelt law enforcement checkpoint on the parkway when they stopped a 2001 Jeep Cherokee because of an obstructed rear license plate. As Garrett approached the car he could smell a strong odor of marijuana.

Frazzano searched the passenger, Moreland, who was then arrested for marijuana possession. Coppola said Moreland also had a digital scale.

Coppola said a search of the car led to the discovery of a large bag of raw marijuana in a food take-out container, with more marijuana found in baby food jars in the driver's door. Another large bag of raw marijuana was found in a backpack.

The total of the marijuana found was just under one pound, Coppola said.

Bravo and Moreland were also charged with possession of drug paraphernalia.

Bruce March 30, 2013 at 03:55 PM
What's raw marijuana?
Scott Bryan Kanner March 30, 2013 at 08:48 PM
Bruce...i was thinking the same thing
Tyler Durden March 31, 2013 at 02:12 AM
It's like pot sushi.
Rob March 31, 2013 at 05:24 AM
medium rare perhaps
Rob T April 04, 2013 at 07:43 PM
They were easy to apprehend, they were driving 3 mph

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