Man charged in May traf­fic stop

The Hazleton Standard-Speaker - - LOCAL -

A Ta­maqua man was re­cently charged af­ter a May 17 traf­fic stop in Ta­maqua.

Colin L. John­son, 45, faces mis­de­meanors for driv­ing un­der the in­flu­ence of a con­trolled sub­stance, pos­ses­sion of a con­trolled sub­stance and use or pos­ses­sion of drug para­pher­na­lia. The case was filed against him Nov. 5 and charges were is­sued via sum­mons, which he ac­cepted Nov. 30.

Po­lice said they were en route to a re­port of a sus­pi­cious ve­hi­cle at Columbia and Elm streets but the ve­hi­cle fled the area and was stopped by Rush Twp. po­lice in the 400 block of Schuylkill Av­enue.

John­son, the driver, had wax pa­per bags in his pock­ets con­tain­ing a white pow­der, and a spoon and two sy­ringes in the ve­hi­cle, po­lice wrote. Ar­rest pa­pers state of­fi­cers also found a con­tainer with 8½ pills just out­side the ve­hi­cle.

He told po­lice he bought heroin that day in Ha­zle­ton and used about four bags in the last hour while a blood test showed pos­i­tive for fen­tanyl and other drugs, ac­cord­ing to court pa­pers.

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