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Cops: Four Busted With Pot, LSD, Methadone

The following information was provided by the Washington Township Department. It does not indicate a conviction.

Four males from Pennsylvania were arrested and charged for various drug possession offenses Sunday night after being stopped by for speeding, according to Lt. Doug Compton. 

Officer Cory Lee conducted the motor vehicle stop and spoke with driver Ryan Nugent, 19, of Bath, Pa., Compton said. During the conversation, Lee smelled raw marijuana emanating from the car, and a subsequent investigation revealed the teen had marijuana and drug paraphernalia on him, Compton said. Lee also found Nugent to be in possession of methadone, Compton said.

One of the vehicle’s passengers, Matthew Gantkowski, 22, of Mohrsville, Pa. was also in possession of drug paraphernalia, Compton said. Lee then searched the two remaining passengers, both 17-year-old males, whose names are being withheld due to their age.

One of the teens, from Sinking Springs, Pa., had Lysergic Acid Diethylamide (LSD) in his possession, while the other juvenile, from Mohrsville, Pa. was in possession of drug paraphernalia, Compton said.

All four males were arrested and transported to Washington Township Police Headquarters.

Nugent was charged with possession of marijuana under 50 grams and possession of drugs in a motor vehicle. Gantkowski was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia. The teen from Sinking Springs, Pa. was charged with possession of a controlled dangerous substance, and the other juvenile was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia.

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Richard Vernon June 26, 2012 at 12:56 AM
Wow! Since checking out the patch on a regular basis, it has been amazing to see what a great job our police department does, especially with arresting people for drugs. Outstanding job Officer Lee and the rest of the WTPD, it is truly a shame to see what some people write about our officers on here.
maggie June 26, 2012 at 01:50 PM
They've always a good job ~ the general public just never hears about it, unless you go to court. The assumption that the police are always at the donut shop is bogus. There is more crime in our little country suburb than most want to admit. Kudos’s to our men & woman in blue that keep us safer than we realize!
Haig Pointer June 26, 2012 at 10:27 PM
But can we afford their pensions?
Abe Froman June 27, 2012 at 12:25 AM
Yes you can afford their pensions now and you especially could have afforded them prior to Governor Whitman. http://www.njlawman.com/op-ed/001-nj-police-pensions.htm Explains it all.
LV Taxpayer June 27, 2012 at 04:19 PM
How many of our readers have pensions paid in full by their employer? A show of hands?
maggie June 27, 2012 at 04:45 PM
I got all the comments in my email and thought I must have responded to the wrong article, nope -- just reading responses from ungrateful citizens. This was about the success and honor of the police department. They chose a good job with good benefits. Things will change for them, it takes time -- they are in a union. It will still be a good job, and dang well should be! Don't be jealous of their opportunity, and I hope you remember that next time you need 911, because to police are the first to respond and start administering assistance. Most police officers are also volunteering for the fire department or squad -- DO YOU? Can you afford to take that time out of your day, night, etc? Nope, I'm not a cop nor do I play one on TV -- BUT I do respect them, and I know that they will have good benefits for their time in with the department. This article is really to SHOW you that we don't live in an innocent area, that even our police in the suburbs are putting their lives at risk daily -- where there are drugs there is money, where there is drugs there are weapons. The number one call an officers life is at risk for is Domestic dispute... yup that's right more officers are hurt or killed responding to that type of call. THEY never know what they will walk into. Sorry you feel that they didn't earn their benefits. I do believe it's time for us all to stop taking from funds that aren't there, but that isn't what this is about.... God bless!
LV Taxpayer June 27, 2012 at 05:46 PM
I should be *grateful* when my employee (yes, I pay their salary, benefits and pension) does their job? How about I *expect* them to do what they were hired to do and remove them if they don't? Don't get me wrong, I'm glad we have the fine Men in Blue in LV and I think they do a great job, but let's not forget why we have them. Not because they're doing us a favor or anything, it's because we've decided they are worth the cost, so we pay them. But it's like moving up in the size of your house when your family is growing and, one day down the line, you realize "I don't need this much house anymore". When times were good and money was coming in, no one was really paying attention to spending. That's all changed I don't think we can affort this much government anymore - police and teachers included, sorry to say.
Chingones Jefferson June 28, 2012 at 08:27 PM
LV Taxpayer, their pensions are not paid in full by their employer, the towns/municipalities, etc... have to match, so they only pay half. It is impossible to raise your hand for a compuer poll, c'mon I thought you smarter then that... just kidding. You should be grateful for the police, the firemen, the military, etc... While yes their job descriptions are dangerous, and they enter the field knowing this, you can still be grateful that they choose to fulfill their obligations. Should the people aboard US Airways Flight 1549 not be grateful for Captain Sullenberg for landing his plane safely on water? His job is to fly and land the plane, by your logic, and I have seen your numerous posts concerning the police in the past, unique or extenuating circumstances seem not to matter. Iit's their job, so they should do it according to you.
Chingones Jefferson June 28, 2012 at 08:27 PM
Additionally, I have seen you write " (yes, I pay their salary, benefits and pension)" before and once again above. However, the police pay equal into their pensions what you pay, equal state, county, and municipal taxes as you do that comprise their salary, and into their medical benefits.. Since its pretty much equal here, everytime you say you pay their salary etc... they also pay their salary in the same exact amount. You may feel one way, they may feel another, therefore your opinions cancel each other out, its a push. The police are not your employee, they have taken an oath to serve something greater then themselves, their community; be it local, state, or federal. They have taken an oath of service, not employment, I am sure you are a fine person, however, the way you word your vantage point towards our public servants comes off as arrogant and yes I did see the part where you say you are glad about having police. Just my thoughts... sorry to say.

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