Man tries to bring marijuana into Middlesex courthouse; does not succeed

November 9, 2014 Posted by admin

At about 3 p.m. Thursday, Mario Torres was going through the metal detectors on the first floor of the Middlesex County Courthouse in New Brunswick.

He amiably chatted with the sheriff’s officers, telling them of his scrap metal business — all above board, full taxes paid, he told them. He took items out of his jeans pockets, and removed a gold bracelet, and put them in a gray bucket. But when he walked through the detector, a quick succession of beeps sounded.

The sheriff’s officers who guard the metal detectors started asking him questions as he tried to explain it away with his belt. When he took off the belt, they asked: Are you wearing… shorts under your jeans? He said, Yes, I am. He quickly took a cellphone out of his coat pocket and put it on the table — the cellphone was likely what set off the detector. But the questions persisted, including this one: Do you have any drugs on your person?

About 15 minutes later, Torres was in handcuffs, sitting on a chair, looking down, as the two officers looked on.

Torres, an Elizabeth resident, was issued a summons for possession of marijuana, according to Middlesex County Sheriff Mildred Scott. Scott said that when officers asked if he had drugs, he said, “Yes.” The low-level charge means that it was a small amount of marijuana.

The “strange things people try to bring through security” subgenre of unwise criminality can also be found in the airport security agency’s Instagram page, with photos of grenades, C4 explosives, and handguns stuffed into Mickey Mouse plush toys.

Drug arrests while in the courthouse are rare, but not unheard of, Scott said. This was the first case she’d seen where somebody was arrested for drugs at the metal detectors, however. She did not have precise figures for how often it happens.

Scott did not know why Torres was in court on Thursday, but authorities did find out that he had an active warrant for his arrest in Cranbury.

The warrant was for contempt of court.

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Article source: http://www.nj.com/middlesex/index.ssf/2014/11/drug_bust_at_county_courthouse.html

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