April 26, 2013 at 8:51 AM
Two Sussex County men were arrested on drug charges during the early morning hours of April 14th after the vehicle they were traveling in was stopped because the license plate light was inoperable. At 1:59 am, Cpl. Marc Rubino was on routine patrol on Woodport Road when he stopped a tan 1997 Chevrolet sedan for the equipment infraction.
The corporal observed several small pieces of possible drug paraphernalia in Plain View on the rear seat of the vehicle. Rubino spoke to both the operator, identified as 20-year-old Connar J. MacDonald of Sparta and his front seat passenger, 27-year-old Andover Township resident, Thomas J Bacolas. After both men gave conflicting information, Rubino requested and was granted a voluntary consent to search the vehicle from MacDonald.
When officers checked a black coat in the vehicle that belonged to MacDonald, they recovered a glass smoking stem with burnt residue contained within. They also recovered a single glassine bag stamped “Stop Fight” containing heroin.
Inside the vehicle a large can of Arizona Ice Tea was found on the back seat. The can still had the pull tab intact had liquid contained within. However, Rubino found the there was a false top portion to the can which could be unscrewed and removed. Inside the following drug related items were found; three bags of heroin stamped “Stop Fight”, two syringes and several additional pieces of drug paraphernalia. Both men were arrested and transported to police headquarters for processing.
They were both charged with; Possession of Heroin, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Possession of Syringes. MacDonald was additionally charged with; Possession of a Controlled Dangerous Substance in a Motor Vehicle and Maintenance of Lamps. Both men were released several hours later on their own recognizance. Sgt. Jeffrey Mase and Officer Scott Elig assisted with the investigation.
Editor's Note: Defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law