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Fairfield Police Arrest Four on Drug-Related Charges


FAIRFIELD, NJ — Four individuals were arrested and charged with possession of less than 50 grams of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia among other charges, according to Fairfield police.

Mark Stanko, 21, and Joseph Stanley, 28, both of Wayne, were arrested on Nov. 5 after Officer Jeffrey Dean stopped a 2010 red Dodge pick-up truck on Route 46, operated by Stanko, with no front license plate displayed.

The officer reported that he immediately detected a strong odor of raw marijuana coming from within the vehicle and also observed small pieces of suspected marijuana on the floor and on the seats of the vehicle.

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Both men were arrested and the suspected marijuana was collected. In addition, during the investigation, the officer also found rolling papers from within the vehicle.

In addition to the drug charges, Stanko was also charged with improper display of a license plate, operating an unregistered vehicle and possessing a controlled dangerous substance in a motor vehicle. Both individuals were released on their own recognizance pending appearance in the Fairfield Municipal Court.

The next day, police arrested Joshua Miller, 29, of Knoxville, TN for possession of less than 50 grams of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia and Samuel Horst, 26, of East Stroudsburg, PA for possession of drug paraphernalia.

At approximately 4:19 a.m., Officer Sean McCormack stopped a 2011 silver Toyota pickup truck on Route 46 West that appeared to have no registration displayed. The vehicle was found to be operated by Miller with Horst in the front passenger seat.

According to police, the officer smelled an odor of raw marijuana coming from inside the vehicle, however it was mixed with the smell of an air freshener that had apparently just been sprayed.

During the course of the investigation, the officers recovered a plastic bag containing suspected marijuana, a metal grinder, a metal smoking pipe and two packages of rolling papers. Both men were then placed under arrest.

In addition to the criminal charges, Miller was also charged with improperly displaying a license plate, operating an unregistered vehicle and possession of a controlled dangerous substance in a motor vehicle. Both men were released on their own recognizance pending court action.

It should be noted that the charges against all of the above are merely allegations and that both are presumed innocent until they either plead guilty or are found guilty in a court of law.

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