CHATHAM, NJ - The Chatham Borough Police Department arrested a Chatham man for possession of a Controlled Dangerous Substance (CDS) in the early morning hours of October 18 following up reports of a "suspicious male" in the 7-Eleven parking lot by the Summit Police.

At approximately 4:30 a.m. on October 18, Summit Police put out a broadcast of a suspicious male who was sitting in a car in the lot of the 7-Eleven who appeared to have a gun. Based on the description of the male and the motor vehicle, CBPD Patrolmen Michael Permison and Brian Maher believed that the suspect was Mark A. Conwell, Jr., of Willow Street in Chatham Borough.

They immediately went to Willow Street and observed Conwell in his driveway, where he apparently just exited his vehicle. Conwell admitted that he just came from the 7-Eleven in Summit. A toy gun was observed on the front seat of his car. Also discovered was a gallon sized zip lock bag on the ground next to the car containing suspected marijuana.

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At that point, Conwell was placed under arrest for possession of CDS. As a result of this investigation, Conwell was charged with the following: Possession of CDS with the intent to distribute, possession of more than 50 grams of marijuana, and possession of a prescription legend drug without a prescription.  After processing, Conwell was released.

Also assisting with this investigation was the Summit Police Department, Chatham Township Police Department, and the Morris County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Unit.

All persons charged with an offense are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.