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70 Heroin Bags, Crack Seized in Route 15 Bust

Four charged with drug possession in Sparta.

Some of the contraband seized from Scully's vehicle include; more than 70 bags of heroin, marijuana mixed with Angel Dust and drug paraphernalia. Photo by Sparta Police Department
Some of the contraband seized from Scully's vehicle include; more than 70 bags of heroin, marijuana mixed with Angel Dust and drug paraphernalia. Photo by Sparta Police Department
Sparta police seized 70 bags of heroin, four vials of crack cocaine and marijuana laced with PCP after stopping a car on Route 15 Tuesday in a DWI investigation that led to four arrests.

Michael Scully, 24, of Montgomery, NY, the driver of the car, was charged with heroin possession, possession of Phencycladine, DWI, possession of a controlled dangerous substance in a motor vehicle and being an unlicensed driver, according to Sparta Police Sgt. Jean-Paul Beebe.

Passengers Brandon Walsh, 25, of Bayonne; Tanner Drake, 20, of Honesdale, Pa.; and Christina Saccone, 19, of Greenstown, Pa., also were charged with heroin possession, possession of Phencycladine, possession of a hypodermic syringe and possession of drug paraphernalia. Walsh was additionally charged with possession of crack cocaine.

Scully's car was stopped just after 9 p.m. after an officer noticed her driving erratically, Beebe said. When speaking with the officer, Scully seemed nervous, spoke slow and was told to exit the car, according to Beebe.

Scully told police he had smoked marijuana earlier that evening and was driving from Jersey City with his friends, but did not know where he was going, Beebe said. Officers noticed the passengers moving around in the car and directed them to also leave the vehicle. 

Beebe said Walsh's pants were rolled up unusually, with a bulge protruding and when officers inquired about the bulge, Walsh reached down and turned over 20 bags of heroin wrapped in cigarette packaging.

Officers searched the car and found the crack cocaine and less than 50 grams of the laced marijuana, Beebe said, as well as numerous torn glassine bags which hold heroin, small rubber bands, a burnt metal spoon, a hypodermic syringe and cotton balls.

Scully was released early Wednesday morning while the other three were released in their own recognizance, Beebe said. The car was impounded.

All four are scheduled to appear in Sparta Municipal Court on Aug. 7 at 9 a.m.

Trayvon August 01, 2013 at 02:30 PM
I wouldn't expect you to report that is wasn't marijuana based on a Google search, but I would expect you to question the accuracy of the information you were given based off it. When you realize the obvious mistake, I would expect you to at least recheck the information you were given with the police department. Police officers are human, they make mistakes sometimes, just like Patch did with this article. I could be wrong, but I doubt the arresting officer gave you the information directly, and I am sure you played the game Telephone as a kid... As for all of the material seized not being in the photo, I doubt that they would leave out the Marijuana but include a wrapper and what looks like a rolled up piece of paper. If they did leave the mysterious marijuana out of the photo and neglected to charge them with the possession of it, then I apologize; however, I find that unlikely.
Russ Crespolini August 01, 2013 at 02:33 PM
You are certainly entitled to all of your assumptions and opinions. We, however, cannot report them. If you would like to discuss this further you can drop me a line at russ.crespolini@patch.com. Thanks for reading and for commenting.
shaina August 02, 2013 at 06:38 PM
Does it really matter if it's right or wrong? You're talking about one peice of information on a reported story.....
BeachBum August 03, 2013 at 09:48 AM
And no individuals from Hopatcong involved - big surprise - Lock em up!
Afro Maniac August 23, 2013 at 09:30 AM
Beach bum your such a D-bag you must live here in Hopatcong cause you sure have A lot to say about it . Yea D-bag it's not only Hopatcong it's everywhere . Wake up d get your head out of the toilet .


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