KINGSTON — An unemployed Bronx man on a weekend trip to the area to get a tattoo extended his stay at the county prison after police arrested him Saturday on drug charges.
Jose Andre Martinez, 30, was a passenger in a Cadillac police stopped for having an expired registration around 4:45 p.m. Saturday on East Market Street.
Officer John Sosnoski said he detected an odor of marijuana and removed the driver, Davon McAllister of New York, Martinez and another passenger, Shavonne McAllister, also of the Bronx, from the vehicle and searched them.
According to the affidavit of probable cause to support the filing of charges:
Sosnoski felt a bulge in the left pocket of Martinez’s vest while patting him down during a search. The officer asked, “Is this weed?” Martinez replied,”Yes.”
Sosnoski confiscated a small canvas bag that contained seven bags of marijuana and a plastic bag with nine pills of “Molly” or pure Ecstasy. Martinez also had $1,827 in U.S. currency on him.
He was placed into custody and taken to police headquarters.
Martinez said the drugs were for his personal use and he did not have a job. He said he came to the area on Friday by bus to get a tattoo and was planning to return home.
He was charged with two counts each of possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver and possession of a controlled substance and committed to the Luzerne County Correctional Facility for lack of $50,000 bail.
The two other people in the car were released.
On Friday police arrested another man on drug charges after following a car with a fraudulent New Jersey license plate and stopping it on River Street, Wilkes-Barre around 9:30 p.m.
According to the affidavit of probable cause:
Sosnoski said he and another officers smelled a strong odor of marijuana in the Infiniti Q45 driven by Pedro Rubi, 46, of Lehigh Street, Wilkes-Barre. They removed Rubi from the car and noticed a small bulge under the driver side floor mat. A set of brass knuckles was found under the mat and seized.
Rubi was taken into custody and patted down. During the search police found $572 in U.S. currency in his jacket pocket. Rubi was taken to police headquarters. He said he had marijuana hidden in his underwear.
A small bag of marijuana was located as well as 60 bags of heroin stamped “Most Wanted.” Rubi said he obtained the heroin in New York and the vehicle registration was expired and did not belong on the car.
He was charged with possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, two counts of possession of a controlled substance, possession of a prohibited offensive weapon, possession of drug paraphernalia and a traffic violation regarding the fraudulent registration.
He was committed to the Luzerne County Correctional Facility for lack of $75,000 bail.