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Traffic stop results in multiple charges

Published January 15. 2014 05:00PM

A traffic stop in Tamaqua on Dec. 27 resulted in the arrest of James Neff, 30, of 231 E. Abbott St., Lansford.

Neff was a passenger in a car that was stopped at 12:50 a.m. for a traffic violation. Neff initially told the officer he was Jeffrey Neff and he lived in the area of the Pine Street Pub. When the officer ran a routine records check there was no record found on a Jeffrey Neff. The driver was issued a warning for the traffic violation and released.

Within minutes the Schuylkill County Communications contacted Patrolman Joseph Krebs with information on a James Neff, who was wanted on a warrant issued out of Carbon County. The description given, complete with information about several tattoos on Neff, matched the man who claimed to be Jeffrey.

Krebs went to the area of 400 Pine St. and found Neff exiting a vehicle. When the officer asked to see any tattoos, Neff initially said he didn't have any. When the officer persisted, he noticed a tattoo on Neff's neck and one on his calf, both matching the description given by SCC. Neff then ran but was captured on Elm Street.

A pat down search found eight wax paper bags with brown powder inside, a cut orange straw with white powder inside and a clear plastic bag with green vegetable matter. Field tests were conducted and tested positive for heroin (brown powder) and cocaine (white powder).

Neff was charged with resisting arrest, providing false identification to law enforcement, possession of a controlled substance, possession of marijuana, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

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