BRIDGEWATER, NJ - A South Plainfield man who is also an assistant football coach at Sayreville High School was arrested on steroid possession charges in Bridgewater, according to a release from the Somerset County Prosecutor's Office.
Charlie Garcia, 38, was charged with possession of steroids and possession of hypodermic needles, as well as receiving traffic summonses for operating a vehicle with an expired driver's license, failure to signal a lane change and possession of a controlled dangerous susbstance in a motor vehicle.
According to Somerset County Prosecutor Geoffrey Soriano, at about 8:41 p.m. Sept. 26, Bridgewater Township Police Officer Kevin Florczak was conducting a property check and saw a Dodge 2013 pickup truck parked in a motel parking lot where there has been past criminal activity. The vehicle, Soriano said, was running and occupied by Garcia.
After the patrol vehicle passed Garcia's pickup, Soriano said, Garcia proceeded toward the exit of the parking lot, and then made an abrupt u-turn to return to the parking lot as the patrol vehicle followed. Later, Soriano said, Florczak saw the pickup enter Route 22 West.
Garcia was pulled over on Route 22 West near Commons Way, Soriano said, after Florczak noted an improper lane change.
When questioned, Soriano said, Garcia gave a conflicting report about his previous whereabouts and activities.
Hillsborough Township Police Officer Chris Englehardt and his K-9 Kondro responded, Soriano said, and conducted an exterior scan of the vehicle, alerting officers to a controlled dangerous substance in the driver and passenger doors. Garcia gave consent to search the vehicle, Soriano said, and officers found a plastic white bag with two sealed boxes of steroids each containing 400 milligrams, and 14 individually sealed and capped syringes.
Garcia was released on his own recognizance with a first court appearance scheduled for Oct. 10.