2 charges dropped against Ver­mont man found with pot

The Hazleton Standard-Speaker - - LOCAL - — FRANK ANDRUSCAVAGE

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.

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