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Lansford man facing drug counts

Published August 16. 2011 05:01PM

Bodean Boggs, 21, of 616 E. Patterson St., Lansford, faces charges of possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia stemming from an incident which took place at 9:50 p.m. July 29 on E. Kline Ave. Charges were filed by Lansford Officer Joshua Tom. According to an affidavit of probable cause filed by Tom, here's what happened:

Tom was on patrol when he saw several people going in and out of a known drug house. For the past several weeks, police had been getting complaints of drug activity coming out of that area.

Tom saw a male and a female walk into the house, stay for about five minutes and left.

Officer Amie Barclay and Tom stopped the two on East Bertsch Street and identified them as Bodean Boggs and Hope Baily-Skaggs.

While speaking with Boggs, Tom noticed he was getting nervous as Tom asked him questions. He asked Boggs if he had anything illegal on his person, and Boggs admitted to having a marijuana bowl. Tom then asked Boggs for permission to look through his backpack, and Boggs gave his approval.

Tom discovered several items on Boggs and in the backpack: a wallet containing $1,139; an opened pack of sandwich bags and a pocket scale that contained marijuana residue.

Tom arrested Boggs and Barclay took him to the police station, where Boggs immediately asked to use the bathroom. Tom took him to the bathroom, staying with him so that Boggs was never out of the officer's sight. While Boggs was walking back to his seat, a clear plastic bag fell from his jean shorts. Tom picked up the bag from the floor and saw that it contained a small amount of marijuana.

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