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Coaldale man facing drug count

Published June 17. 2011 05:02PM

A Coaldale man faces a drug paraphernalia possession charge after police found a pipe containing marijuana residue.

James Neff, 27, of 162 E. Phillips St., lower apartment, was charged at 11:20 p.m. June 12 by borough Officer Jeremy Talanca.

According to an affidavit of probable cause, here's what happened:

Talanca was returning to Coaldale after helping Lansford police and was in the area of Patterson and Cortright streets in that borough when Neff flagged him down. Neff told Talanca that he had just witnessed an unoccupied Jeep roll down the street before striking a pole. Talanca checked the Jeep for damages and occupants, and alerted Lansford police to the situation. He turned to talk with Neff, but Neff had walked away.

When Lansford police arrived, they told Talanca Neff was wanted for questioning in a previous incident. Talanca searched the area and found Neff walking in Coaldale, near Phillips and East streets. Talanca got out of his cruiser and stopped Neff, finding a metal pipe in Neff's right front pocket as he patted him down for weapons.

Neff admitted using the pipe to smoke marijuana.

He arrested Neff and took him back to the accident scene, where Lansford police talked with him. Talanca then took Neff to the Coaldale police station for processing. Neff was released with charges pending.

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