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Police: Pair Found In Possession of Narcotic Pills

Both denied ownership of drug allegedly found in coffee can, police said.

Two city men were arrested Saturday night during a traffic stop for alleged possession of oxycodone pills.

Police spokeswoman Sgt. Lisa Cotto said an officer observed their car go through a red light and stopped them in front of 34 Seaview Ave.

Officer Jared Zwickler reported observing one of them holding a lighter and a metal rod he identified as a “crack pipe pusher.”

Both denied possessing narcotics, Cotto said. She said a K-9 officer came to the scene with his dog, Kai. She said the dog indicated detecting drugs in the car, which was then searched.

Cotto said a Folger’s coffee can was in the car containing 19 oxycodone pills. She said Mason told officers he was unemployed, but was found to have $340 in cash on him.

Both men denied ownership of the pills, Cotto said.

Joseph Tessar, 31, of 18 Monroe St., and Shalease Mason, 42, of 8 Christy St., were charged with illegal manufacture, distribution or sale of a narcotic, possession of narcotics, possession or sale of narcotics within 1,500 feet of a public housing project, unauthorized possession of a narcotic within1,500 feet of a school, conspiracy to the unauthorized possession of a narcotic within 1,500 feet of a school, and failure to keep a prescription drug in its original container.

Both were held on $2,500 bond and given court dates of Dec. 4.

According to Wikipedia, oxycodone is a semi-synthetic opiod prescribed to relieve moderate to severe pain.


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