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Car door opens next to police officer at 7-11; pot bust ensues

By Dan Miller danmiller@pressandjournal.com
Posted 3/15/17

For future reference, if you’ve got a pound of marijuana in your car and you are parked next to a marked police cruiser, it’s best not to open the door until after the cop leaves.

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Car door opens next to police officer at 7-11; pot bust ensues

A duffle bag containing about a half pound of marijuana was recovered from a car parked at 7-11.
A duffle bag containing about a half pound of marijuana was recovered from a car parked at 7-11.
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For future reference, if you’ve got a pound of marijuana in your car and you are parked next to a marked police cruiser, it’s best not to open the door until after the cop leaves.

That’s the lesson being learned by Wilson Tam, 21, of the 600 block of Spring Street in Middletown.

According to a criminal complaint borough police filed with District Judge David Judy, a Middletown officer was parked at the 7-11 getting a cup of coffee shortly after midnight on Monday, Feb. 6, when the officer noticed a “strong odor of marijuana” coming from the opened door of the vehicle parked next to his. This despite the officer having his windows rolled up at the time.

As the car started backing out the officer got out of his cruiser and ordered the suspect vehicle to stop. By this time, backup had arrived.

A search of the vehicle revealed a duffle bag containing about a half pound of marijuana, as well as a small safe.

Tam did not have the key to the safe but told police the safe contained another half-pound of marijuana.

Later, Wilson while being interviewed with his attorney present told police that he was selling the marijuana for a friend in New York who was having financial difficulties, according to the criminal complaint.

Tam was arraigned before Judy on March 2 and he was charged with manufacture, delivery or possession with intent to deliver, and use/possession of drug paraphernalia.

He was released after posting $10,000 unsecured bail. A preliminary hearing is set for June 1 before Judy.

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