2 charges dropped against Vermont man found with pot
Prosecutors withdrew two felony drug counts against a Vermont man who was charged with having growing marijuana plants in his vehicle that was stopped by state police on Interstate 81 in Delano Twp. on Sept. 25.
John Edward Darling, 46, of Arlington, appeared Thursday for a preliminary hearing before Magisterial District Judge Anthony J. Kilker.
After the two felony counts of possession with intent to manufacture or deliver a controlled substance were withdrawn, Darling waived one misdemeanor count each of possession of a small amount of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia along with a summary charge of exceeding the speed limit to Schuylkill County Court.
Darling was arrested by state police Cpl. Daniel Conville of the Frackville station, who said he stopped a vehicle being driven south by Darling, who was traveling 85 mph in a 65-mph zone, and detected a strong odor of alcohol, prompting him to ask Darling to step out.
After speaking with Darling, Conville said the man showed him the back seat area of the car where there were 11 small marijuana plants in a box. Darling also produced a small blue jar that contained processed marijuana, the corporal said.
Conville also reported that Darling went on to tell him he had marijuana “butter” in a cooler in the rear passenger area of the car and that he was traveling with his wife from Vermont to Virginia to visit a friend and deliver the plants.