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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.

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stacie bohr April 21, 2012 at 03:50 PM
I can assure you that you will be tortured for what you just said. I don't necessarily agree with that notion but I don't have to and I respect your opinion. But some of these people live in a bubble and will take that as..."Soooo....it's okay for your kid to smoke pot in the basement??? What kind of parent are you?". Just warning you...people will take what you said out of context for sure. And my point was not plain stupid...it is a fact.
cv April 21, 2012 at 04:57 PM
I dont care if I get tortured Stacie. I come from a household where my parents didnt drink or smoke. My sister is a fluke. It just goes to show it can happen to anyone at anytime. My head isnt up my but about it. My son is 21. He has been known to have the occasional beer but I thank my lucky stars everyday that he dosent do drugs. 8 out of 10 of his friends are drug addicts in and out of rehab.
cv April 21, 2012 at 05:01 PM
One of the biggest problems in todays society is that parents want to be their childs friend. I never let my son and his friends drink at my house when they were underage and I never tried to be his hang out buddy.
H. Freeman April 21, 2012 at 05:10 PM
CV, I like your comments a lot. You seem like a genuine person with real problems and are not afraid to show it. Stacie, I don't quite get your comments, with all due respect. Are you OK with kids/adults smoking pot or not? It seems like you are saying that if they smoke pot and still get into Harvard or a good school, that makes it OK? Is that what you tell your kids? And you still have not addressed the fact that these kids were driving and got arrested for being under the influence. They didn't just "get caught with pot." Just last week, two teenagers died out in NY in a car accident after heading home from a trip to Great Adventure. The driver was high on pot, but he survived.
cv April 21, 2012 at 06:43 PM
@H freeman thank you . I dont care who does drugs people make their own choices in life, under my roof or in my company it isnt happenning. I know alot of people who use drugs it is their business. I will not tolerate drug use from either one of my kids.
Claire April 21, 2012 at 07:32 PM
I think we all need to knock some comments down a bit, these are High School kids and unfortunately kids make errors. Isn't that what a lot of adolescent boys do, screw up in some way and hopefully learn. The teen comes from a good family who are actively involved in all their kids lives. Please lets hope he learns a good lesson and moves a head with life in a positive way. How about wishing him well instead of condemning him at age 18.. My older siblings once told me that your kids will do many things that embarrass you ... be careful how quick you judge.
cv April 21, 2012 at 10:42 PM
@Claire oh yes kids do screw up. I picked my son up at the precinct twice whe he was a teen. He learned alot from that. getting picked up by the police is a good wake up call. I wish those kids the best . I am pretty sure they learned a lesson as my son did.
PatienceWorth April 21, 2012 at 10:57 PM
This could have happened to 80 percent of the over 40 year olds acting like Amish here. This 18 year old kid didn't crash a car, he didn't deal some hard drugs, he didn't punch a cop -- he got busted for a minor amount of pot. Police in my town in the 60s wouldn't even arrest you for that. This kid gets more coverage than a murder here. Lighten up, he gets it, he made a mistake. This is hypocrite central.
stacie bohr April 22, 2012 at 01:42 AM
Hi, cv!! I was actually addressing goyankees. I am not very popular on here and I absolutely don't care. Why do people have to take everything out of context and be so mean!?
stacie bohr April 22, 2012 at 01:47 AM
Hello, Mr. Freeman. How in God's name did you get that from what I wrote? Twice I said that I don't condone drug use. Twice I said that hopefully this will be a wake-up call for these boys. But to be honest....they are good kids who did nothing that, maybe not you, but a lot of us did as kids. I'm not sending a mixed message. I am actually honest and not a hypocrite like so many who have so much to say.
stacie bohr April 22, 2012 at 12:26 PM
I could not agree with you more, Claire. But someone will now ask...."Well, Claire...so what you are saying is that drug use is acceptable"? People are idiots.
Linda April 23, 2012 at 12:01 AM
Stacie, your thoughts are very refreshing! All we can do is guide our youth as difficult as that may be in these times on our culture.
momin lv April 23, 2012 at 11:26 AM
Claire - Not for anything but this is the second offense for the one boy. He was caught the first time for doing the same thing. So I do not think he learned his lesson Just saying
Nolan April 23, 2012 at 12:32 PM
So, the driver and the smells like burned marijuana so there is a better than even chance that he's high. And he's driving. And this is OK in what manner? We have a generation of parents who used marijuana regularly, dabbled with coke and drugs from their teens until . . ? We also have a generation of children with higher rates of food allergies, learning disabilities and autism. Must be corporate America's fault - additives and pollution.
cv April 23, 2012 at 12:46 PM
@Nolan maybe we should go a generation back to when I was born in the mid 60s. Our moms drank and smoked when pregnant. We had no car seats etc.
Sally Smith April 25, 2012 at 02:02 PM
FOR ALL THE PARENTS IN LONG VALLEY. STOP GOSSIPING AND STAY OUT OF OTHER FAMILIES' ISSUES AND FOCUS ON YOUR OWN. KIDS WILL MAKE THEIR OWN DECISIONS WHETHER YOU INSTILL GOOD MORALS OR NOT. THEY'RE GOING TO MAKE MISTAKES AND THEY WILL HAVE TO LEARN FROM THEM FOR THEMSELVES. JUST BECAUSE YOUR KID IS NOT IN THIS ARTICLE GETTING CAUGHT, DOESNT MEAN THEY AREN'T LYING TO YOU AND SMOKING IN YOUR BASEMENT. GET OFF YOUR HIGH HORSE AND STOP ACTING LIKE RICH SNOBS IN LONG VALLEY.
Mary Jane April 25, 2012 at 06:09 PM
WOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!
Anonymous April 25, 2012 at 06:36 PM
The entire town is addicted to heroin and your talking about weed? Stop being careless, loveless parents, pay attention to your kids, be open with them, and maybe they WON'T TURN TO PRESCRIPTION PILLS AND SUBSEQUENTLY START INJECTING HEROIN. Hide your pills that you abuse for pain so that they can't find them. Maybe if your kids weren't so scared of what you will do or say if you found out they took a hit of a joint, they wouldn't be consumed and even excited by a life riddled with lies and secrets that they keep from you. Open your eyes. Happy 420, 5 days late
Don't worry about it April 27, 2012 at 12:22 PM
All you snobby parents need to mind your own buisness and worry about your own kid and stop talking trash. Smoking weed isn't even a big deal and over 80 percent of the town smokes weed, so all of you need to grow up and worry about the huge herion problem in LV instead of some innocent teens smoking weed
Claire April 27, 2012 at 12:49 PM
OK, so now we are getting to the real problem - Heroin the dead end drug. 1) what is being done about in town 2) why does wmc administration ignore the problem happening in the hallways 3) why doesn't Koby visit the school more often. You can blame parents all you want but parents cannot control what goes on in school and what the kids see and are exposed to.
cv April 27, 2012 at 02:11 PM
@Claire Do you think parents just turn a blind eye? that is not a nasty comment my point being the symptoms of opiate addiction are pretty clear . I know lots of people with this problem and you can't miss it. Its the eyes , the way they walk and talk . People need to pull their heads out of you know where and pay attention to their kids. I know a lot of parents have their own things going on and I don't mean drugs and it can be very easy to just give our kids the car keys and some cash and say have fun. At the end of the day heroin isn't cheap neither are oxys or roxys at 25.00 per pill. The money has to come from somewhere.
cv April 27, 2012 at 02:14 PM
I agree don't worry about it . even if your kid is 10 it could happen at any time to anyone. Collectively as a community we need to fight together to stop it not name call every chance we get.
Claire April 27, 2012 at 02:28 PM
cv: That was not my point. Of course parents need to be involved. Yes there are signs of drug use but all that is after the fact. The problem needs to be addressed before it happens. Yes, education on 'why not to' and supervision from home are a must. But I am just pointing out things go on at the HS that are not addressed. I was horrified to learn the things my kids were saw and were exposed in the halls in their freshman year alone. Parents have no control when they send their child there and I think the school needs to take some responsibility on what goes on the hallways.
cv April 27, 2012 at 02:32 PM
Claire I heard these same things. My daughter is 10 and I am scared to death. Where I come from there were metal detectors and locker searches it sounds like we need it here.
regina April 27, 2012 at 02:33 PM
Hi Claire: My kids are not old enough to attend high school yet, but as a concerned parent, what types of thing did your kids see in the hallways at school? Sounds disturbing.
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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