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Cops: Teens Tried Hiding Pot With Freshener

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

Two Long Valley teens were arrested and charged with possession of marijuana after being stopped by for driving erratically, Lt. Doug Compton said.

Officer Michael Thompson began following the car, driven by Bryan Shortman, 18, and saw the teen spray an unknown substance inside the vehicle, Compton said.

Thompson then stopped Shortman, who had a 17-year-old male passenger, Compton said. When he approached the vehicle, Thompson smelled a heavy odor of air freshener, Compton said. Shortman said he sprayed the air freshener because his “vehicle smelled,” Compton said.

Thompson then asked Shortman to exit the car, and then smelled the odor of burnt marijuana on the driver, Compton said. A subsequent investigation of the car revealed a multi-colored glass smoking pipe with pot residue in it, Compton said.

Shortman was charged with possession of a controlled dangerous substance and a summons for failure to keep right. The juvenile passenger, whose name is being withheld because of his age, was issued a juvenile complaint for possession of marijuana under 50 grams along with drug paraphernalia.

For questions about this post, please email jason.koestenblatt@patch.com.

wildflower April 27, 2012 at 07:04 PM
I heard that the pot of today is much stronger and more addictive than that of, say, 20 years ago....does anyone know if that is true?
DontAsk April 27, 2012 at 10:09 PM
Nothing pisses anyone off more than ignorant parents. And to LVMom, I bet you are a major issue, $10 says your kid smokes weed and you have no idea. Parents need to realize that they did the same thing when they were growing up. And to the people that think its an awful illegal drug, while you were reading this about 14 people died from smoking tobacco, and also about 3 died in a drunk driving accident. How many died from marijuana while you were reading this? 0. I don't even smoke but this is just for your ignorant minds. Thank You :)
livelong April 27, 2012 at 10:41 PM
Lots of valid points here, but I think everyone can agree that drug/alcohol abuse is a huge problem in Long Valley for teenagers and adults alike. I personally think its worse in the over 40 crowd.
Woody May 03, 2012 at 02:54 PM
Let's all get naked and toke up! Peace and love
broken lizae May 05, 2012 at 07:04 AM
what really sucks is the financial aid we as students lose for smoking pot, not matter the grades we get and jobs we have.

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