Resident faces drug charges

PLUMSTED — The drug enforcement policies and strategies being implemented by the Plumsted Police Department’s Officer in Charge, Sgt. Matthew Petrecca, have resulted in an arrest, according to Mayor Ron Dancer.

Dancer said that at about 10 p.m. Nov. 9, Sgt. Pintye and Patrolmen Doell, England and Murphy conducted an investigation at 11 Main St., New Egypt. The findings of the investigation resulted in the arrest of Jose Martinez, 26.

Martinez was charged with possession of more than 50 grams of a controlled dangerous substance believed to be marijuana with the intent to distribute in a school zone.

In other news, Dancer said representatives of Jersey Central Power & Light have notified municipalities to enforce a state law that prohibits the placement of signs (political or otherwise) on public utility poles.

The mayor said JCP&L advises that in addition to being illegal, the unauthorized signs pose a safety hazard to utility workers. Not only do the signs often prevent the utility workers from being able to climb the pole, but nails, staples, etc. could cause injury to utility workers or jeopardize the integrity of safety equipment (gloves) that may unknowingly be punctured by the staples and nails.

State law prescribes penalties ranging from $50 to $500 for each offense. Each day of the violation may be deemed to be a separate offense, according to the mayor.