SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ – A 33-year-old Franklin man probably should have emptied his pockets the night before heading to municipal court instead of bringing nine decks of heroin to the courtroom, police said.

According to police, Michael Pino of Franklin attended municipal court Nov. 24 when officers in the court screening area asked him to empty his pockets.

Police said that Pino emptied some of the contents in front of officers Ken Bird and Alan Quercia, but a bulge remained in one of the front jeans pockets.

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When Pino reportedly refused to further empty his pockets, additional police officers were called and removed the contents.

According to police, Pino had nine decks of heroin with a red label saying “killer” on them in the pocket.

He was charged with possession of a controlled dangerous substance, resisting arrest and obstruction of justice.

Pino was jailed at the Middlesex County Adult Correction Center in North Brunswick on $20,000 bail, police said.

The initial case Pino was appearing for was postponed to a later date, police said.