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Man stopped for speeding found with drugs in his car and system, police say

Published On: Aug 26 2013 10:37:11 PM CDT
ROSETO, Pa. -

A man had drugs in his car and in his system when he was stopped for speeding in Northampton County five months ago, officials said.

Javier Vargas was found with marijuana and painkillers after he was stopped for traveling 53 mph in a 40 mph zone in his 1997 Chevrolet Cavalier on Slate Belt Boulevard, near Eisenhower Boulevard, around 6:30 March 29, officials said.

Vargas turned over a packet of marijuana he had hidden in his sock after admitting to police he had smoked the drug, and when police searched him, they found two pills that turned out to be painkillers in his right front pocket, officials said.

Vargas denied knowing what the pills were, claiming a friend had given them to him to help with his chronic pain, officials added.

Vargas later told police they could find marijuana in his car's glove box, and a search turned up four one-ounce baggies, officials said.

A blood sample taken after his arrest showed Vargas had marijuana and the painkiller benzoylecgonine in his system, officials said.

Vargas, 50, of 15 North St., Roseto, was arraigned Friday night on charges of possession of drugs with intent to deliver, possession of a controlled substance, driving under the influence of a controlled substance and speeding and committed to the Northampton County Prison on $50,000 bail, according to court documents.

A preliminary hearing is set for 9 a.m. Sept.6.