Alan Dana Decker, 40, 1152 Blue Ridge Trail, Wapwallopen, has been charged with DUI, Possession of marijuana and Use/Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, stemming from an incident that took place on September 27, 2016 in Rice Township. Charges were filed on November 1, 2016 by Officer Ptlm. Andrew Hashagen of the Rice Township Police Department.
According to the Affidavit of Probable Cause, on September 27, 2016, Officer Hashagen was running speed enforcement on Nuangola Road in the area of 1st Street when a red sedan passed heading towards Church rd. and was clocked going 49 mph in a posted 30 mph zone. Officer Hashagen initiated a traffic stop on the vehicle in the area of the PennDOT salt shed and identified the driver as Alan Decker. The officer noticed a strong odor of burned marijuana coming from the vehicle. He asked Decker if he had any guns, knives, narcotics or large amounts of money in the vehicle and Decker stated no. Decker appeared very nervous, having trouble finding his documents, and was shaking. He also had glossy eyes. Officer Hashagen asked again if there were any drugs in the vehicle and Decker again stated no. The officer told Decker there was an odor of marijuana coming from his vehicle and asked how much he had and where its was. Decker looked at the floor of his vehicle and stated he had a small baggy of marijuana under the drivers seat.
Decker was removed from the vehicle and placed in the back seat of Hashagen’s patrol car. Wright Township Officer Deets arrived on the scene and recovers a small bag of suspected marijuana from the vehicle. Decker stated that he had smoked marijuana “about an hour ago” and was placed under arrest for driving under the influence of a controlled substance. Decker was asked to submit to a chemical test of blood which he agreed to. Decker stated that he should get a break because it was just marijuana and didn’t want to lose custody of his daughter. Officer Hashagen informed Decker that it was not the Police’s fault that he decided to drive under the influence. Results of a blood test showed a THC (cannabinoids) of 44 ng/ml.
A preliminary hearing has been scheduled December 14, 2016 at 10 a. m. before Magisterial District Judge Ronald Swank.
Leonny Rojas, 20, 187 S. Main Rd., Mountain Top, has been charged with possession of marijuana and driving with no headlines stemming from an incident that took place on May 23, 2016. Charges were filed on November 11, 2016 by Officer Joseph Benson of the Fairview Township Police Department.
According to the Affidavit of Probable Cause, on May 23, 2016 at approximately 9:16 p. m. Officer Benson was on traffic ticket detail. While on patrol, he observed a Jeep pass his vehicle with an inoperable side passenger side headlight. Officer Benson conducted a traffic stop in the area of 60 S. Mountain Blvd by the Subway restaurant. Upon making contact with the driver, Officer Benson could immediately detect an odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle. The driver was then identified as Leonny Rojas and the passenger as Kristen Petroski. Both parties were ran though Luzerne County 911.
Upon making contact with the vehicle again, Rojas was asked what smelled like marijuana coming from the vehicle, in which he stated that it was an old smell of marijuana in the vehicle but neither he nor Petroski were smoking it.
Cpl. Monk and officer Deluca of the Fairview Police Dept. then arrived on the scene of the traffic stop. Rojas and Petroski were then asked to exit the vehicle. Rojas stated that there was nothing illegal in his vehicle. A vehicle search was then conducted, finding a small amount of marijuana in a plastic zip lock bag under the dashboard behind the center console in what looked like a man made compartment of the vehicle. The marijuana was confiscated from the vehicle. Rojas then admitted that the marijuana was for his personal use. Rojas and Petroski were then advised that they could leave the traffic stop.
The marijuana was field tested with a Nik Kit showing positive for marijuana. The marijuana was under 30 grams.
A preliminary hearing has been scheduled December 14, 2016 at 10:30 a. m. before Magisterial District Judge Ronald Swank.