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Coaldale man facing drug count

Published July 15. 2011 05:01PM

Coaldale police have charged Jason Hurley, 27, of 147 Fourth St., Coaldale, with possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

According to an affidavit of probable cause, on June 16 at 9:20 p.m., Officer Jeremy Paul Talanca, along with Officer Krebs, stopped a black Ford Escort at First and High streets for failing to have a working license plate light. Talanca approached the driver's side of the vehicle and identified the driver as Hurley. There was also a white male in the passenger seat.

Talanca smelled a strong odor of burnt marijuana coming from inside the car. Talanca took Hurley's information and advised him to have the light fixed then told him he was free to go. Talanca then asked Hurley if he could search the vehicle. Hurley agreed, and got out of the car. Talanca asked him if he had anything illegal on his person, and Hurley admitted to having a small amount of marijuana in each of his front pockets.

Talanca took custody of the drug and arrested Hurley. Hurley also admitted there was a glass pipe in the glove box and that he had used the pipe to smoke the marijuana. The passenger was also found to have marijuana on him and was also charged, although his name has not been released.

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