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March 20, 2012

North Hill man facing drug charges

NEW CASTLE — A North Hill man faces drug charges after police found him in a car that allegedly had been stolen.

Martierius Rashaa Brown, 21, of 11 W. Moody Ave. was arrested after a traffic stop of a car in which he was the passenger.

New Castle police were alerted around 1 p.m. Saturday that a silver Chevrolet TrailBlazer had been stolen from Shenango Township and had been seen heading into the city.

Officers spotted the vehicle pulling out of a service station on Highland Avenue and heading south. They stopped it on the North Street Bridge downtown.

Both Brown and the driver, a juvenile, were taken into custody.

Police said they could smell marijuana and an electronic scale could be seen in the cup holder.

The owner of the vehicle was taken to the scene and gave police permission to search it. He opted not to press charges for the alleged car theft.

The officers also found a plastic bag containing five white chunks and numerous white crumbs that tested positive for crack cocaine on the front passenger floor board. Marijuana was found wrapped in a napkin on the driver’s side rear seat.

The car was towed.

The juvenile was released to his father and Brown was released pending laboratory results.

Police said tests showed the seized marijuana tested positive and weighed 27.3 grams. The crack cocaine weight was 0.24 grams.

Brown is charged with possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, possession of a small amount of marijuana, possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

He was arraigned by District Judge Melissa A. Amodie, who released him on his own recognizance, pending a March 27 preliminary hearing.

(Email: dmorris@ncnewonline.com)

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