Two jailed for drug possession after Route 901 traffic stop
ATLAS - A Locust Gap driver and his Ashland passenger were committed to Northumberland County Prison on drug charges Monday night after being stopped by Mount Carmel Township Police earlier that day.
Joseph Francis Boblick, 34, of 136 Railroad St., Locust Gap, and James Anthony Fetterolf, 25, of 1835 Walnut St., Ashland, were arraigned by video conference at the township police station in front of the on-call Senior Magisterial District Judge Richard Cashman, of Milton.
Each individual was charged by Patrolman David Stamets Jr. with a felony count of possession with intent to deliver, a felony count of criminal conspiracy, a misdemeanor count of possession with intent to use and a misdemeanor count of possession of a controlled substance. Boblick was also charged with a misdemeanor count of driving under the influence of a controlled substance and a summary county of unlawful activities.
In the affidavit of probably cause, Stamets said he was on a routine patrol in the 100 block of Railroad Street, Locust Gap, when he observed a dark blue Subaru Impreza STI owned by Aaron Profit, who is wanted for a felony warrant of possession with intent to deliver.
Stamets watched three men who entered the vehicle leave the village and drive east on Route 901.
Stamets identified the driver as Boblick, who was wanted on domestic incident charges, court documents said.
When Stamets pulled the vehicle over near Patterson Hardscape and Supply Co., he noticed the Boblick was moving and shifting around in the vehicle.
Boblick was made aware that he's wanted on domestic incident charges and was told to exit the vehicle. Boblick handed the car keys to Stamets and informed the officer the car belonged to Profit.
When Stamets put the keys in the ignition, he noticed a glass tube with a broken end and brown tar-like substance inside the tube.
Kulpmont Police Chief Michael Pitcavage offered to give Fetterolf a ride back to the Locust Gap if he needed it, but he would need to be checked for weapons before he would transport him, according to the affidavit.
Pitcavage said he saw a glass crack pipe sticking out from Fetterolf's right jeans pocket. Pitcavage said he found a 10-pack bag of needles, five hypodermic needles, a pipe containing burned and unburned marijuana, a black change purse containing six bags of heroin and a bag of bath salts in Fetterolf's other pockets.
All individuals were briefly taken back to Boblick's residence and then to the township police station.
Four bags of heroin, four empty bags, a pink plastic bag containing white powder and another small clear bag were found on David Peilowski, a passenger in the vehicle, police said.
Peilowski was not arraigned Monday and officers were not available to confirm if he would be charged at a later date.
Another bag of heroin was found in Fetterolf's pocket when he was searched at the police station, officers said.
Boblick refused to submit to chemical blood testing, police said.
Boblick and Fetterolf were arraigned by video at approximately 7:15 p.m., and Cashman set their bail at $50,000 straight cash each.
Their preliminary hearings are scheduled for 10 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 19, in front of Magisterial District Judge Hugh Jones, of Mount Carmel.
They were escorted to a police cruiser by Stamets and township Patrolman Matt Filarski and were taken to NCP for in lieu of bail.
Stamets said the owner of the vehicle can retrieve it from the township police station.James Anthony Fetterolf, 25, of 1835 Walnut St., Ashland, walks to a Mount Carmel Township Police cruiser at the department station Monday night following his arraignment by video conference on drug charges. Joseph Francis Boblick, 34, of 136 Railroad St., Locust Gap,, is escorted by Patrolmen Matt Filarski, left, and David Stamets, to a Mount Carmel Township Police cruiser at the department station Monday night following his arraignment by video conference on drug charges.