Pot advocate charged with possessing marijuana

By Ed Lewis - [email protected]
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KINGSTON TWP. — A Forty Fort man on a self-crusade to reform law enforcement is facing charges he had marijuana bags on him when he was arrested in a tavern on a drug warrant last month.

Township police allege they found three bags of marijuana and a vaporizer pen in the pockets of Adam Bruce Cottle, 31, when he was arrested at TC Riley’s Pub & Inn on Carverton Road on March 24. Two bags were labeled “Gorilla Cakes” and the third bag was labeled “Mix Bag Featuring Gorilla Cakes X Double D,” according to the criminal complaint.

An off-duty Lehman Township police officer notified Kingston Township police Cottle was at the tavern and was wanted by Lehman Township police on a drug warrant.

Cottle, a U.S. Air Force veteran, recently has been on a social media rant against law enforcement, targeting police departments who bust pot smokers on possession charges.

In an online conversation with the Times Leader on March 26, Cottle said he has been “an outspoken advocate for reforming the criminal justice system.”

Cottle previously posted his displeasure with the West Pittston Police Department, blasting the agency for censoring him from their Facebook page after he wrote a negative review about an unrelated drug arrest.

Kingston Township police charged Cottle, of Butler Street, with four counts each of possession of a small amount of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia in connection with what they found him with on March 24. The charges were filed with District Judge Brian Tupper.

Lehman Township police charged Cottle with possessing marijuana, a bag of suspected marijuana oil, rolling papers, a grinder and a scale during a traffic stop for a suspicious vehicle in a cemetery during the middle of the night on June 1 of last year.

He was arraigned on the Lehman Township arrest warrant on March 24 and released two days later after posting $50,000 bail, court records say.


By Ed Lewis

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