Saturday, February 3, 2018

Man Facing Drug Charges for Second Time In a Month

An Oneida man was found with methamphetamine, opioids, and synthetic marijuana Friday.

According to East Union Township Police, while patrolling around 5:30pm Friday, Charles Martino,  41, of Oneida was observed operating a vehicle in the township.   When Martino seen the marked police he pulled into parking lot and shut off the vehicle's engine.

Police approached the vehicle and asked for Martino to produce his license.  While Martino retrieved his license, police smelled the odor of marijuana coming from vehicle.  Martino's license information found it to have expired in June of 2016.

While police obtained a search warrant for the vehicle, Martino admitted to having a small amount of marijuana and would voluntarily give it to police.

While police allowed Martino to retrieve the marijuana, he told police they were not allowed to search a backpack that was in the vehicle due to there being more than a small amount of marijuana in it.

At this time, police attempted to place Martino under arrest where struggled and resisted police.  After taking him into custody, when police searched the vehicle they found:

 - 1.5 oz of Marijuana
 - a silver metal zippo lighter container containing two small plastic baggies with methamphetamine
 - 3 small plastic bags containing marijuana
 - (14) 325 mg hydrocodone prescription pills
 - 1 piece of glassine paper with brown glue like substance (Synthetic marijuana)

All the items were packaged for resale.

Martino was arraigned by Magisterial District Judge Stephen Bayer on charges of felony possession with intent to deliver controlled substances(methamphetamine, marijuana, & opiods), possession of controlled substances, drug paraphernalia, and resisting arrest and locked up in Schuylkill County Prison on $50,000 straight cash bail.

Martino is already facing similar charges for a drug incident in Mahanoy City on January 9th, 2018.