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Police allegedly find pot in 'smell proof' bag

Authorities discover weed after traffic stop

PORTLAND, Pa. - Police in Northampton County allege they found marijuana in a plastic bag marked “smell proof” after a traffic stop in the Slate Belt.

Portland Borough police charged Stephen N. Hendrix Jr., of Bucks County, with a handful of drug offenses, following his arrest Friday evening along Route 611. He was arraigned later that night and bail was set at $30,000 with a 10 percent cash option.

Borough police said they were monitoring traffic along Route 611, when they spotted a black pickup truck with a license plate cover and tinted tail lights, according to court records. The officer said he detected a strong odor of marijuana coming from the truck after a traffic stop, prompting a backup request to the Bangor Police Department and the K-9 unit.

During a search of the truck, police allegedly found a metal grinder with marijuana and a bag that contained several clear bags, a scale and a glass smoking pipe, according to records. Police said they also allegedly found about 33 grams of pot inside a clear bag that was labeled as “smell proof.”

Authorities charged Hendrix, the 29-year-old driver of the truck, with a felony count of possession with intent to deliver and misdemeanor counts of possession of drug paraphernalia, tampering with evidence and possession of marijuana for personal use.

Hendrix, of the Upper Black Eddy area of Bridgeton Township, was released from Northampton County Prison Monday after posting $3,000 cash bail. His next court date is a preliminary hearing tentatively scheduled for March 3.

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