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N.J. teen caught with pot in car parked at Lafayette College, police say

Published On: Sep 06 2013 08:35:17 PM EDT

A New Jersey teenager is in trouble with the law after admitting to Lafayette College campus police he had five ounces of marijuana hidden in the trunk of his car, officials said.

Matthew T. Lenihan confessed to having the pot in the trunk of his gray 2011 Hyundai Elantra during an interview Thursday, shortly after the associate director of Lafayette's public safety department, James P. Meyer, spotted a glass pipe used for smoking marijuana in the car's back seat at 9:32 a.m., officials said.

Meyer also detected an odor of marijuana emanating from the trunk of the car, which was parked in a lot west of March Field, behind Ramer Hall, at 711 Sullivan Road, officials said.


Lenihan told police he had smoked marijuana in the pipe with a friend on Wednesday evening and had left the car windows open slightly to air out the vehicle, officials noted.

Lenihan claimed that he collected $1,400 from friends in New Jersey and had another person buy the five ounces of weed, officials said.

Besides the marijuana, which was in a large plastic bag inside a green and black Ogio bookbag, a glass bong, a glass pipe, a small DigiWeigh scale and a butane cartridge were also found in the trunk, officials said.

Lenihan, 18, of 14 Calumet Road, Randolph, N.J., which is about 60 miles northeast of Easton, was arraigned on charges of drug possession with intent to deliver and possession of drug paraphernalia and committed to the Northampton County Prison on $10,000 bail, according to court documents.

A preliminary hear is set for 11 a.m. Sept. 19.