Four Lawrence Township teenagers and a 59-year-old township woman have been charged in connection with the discovery of marijuana and drug paraphernalia – including two marijuana plants growing in pots – inside a Lawrence Square Village townhouse last week, township police spokesman Lt. Mark Ubry confirmed.
Ubry said police were conducting an investigation at the Lawrence Square Village complex when, about 6:20 p.m. Thursday (Oct. 18), they allegedly smelled an odor of marijuana coming from a townhouse on Scherer Court.
When the front door was opened in answer to an officer’s knock, police spotted suspected drug paraphernalia in plain view and ordered everyone – the four teenagers – out of the residence, Ubry said, adding that the four were detained for questioning while police obtained a search warrant for the residence.
The search warrant was executed later that night and police seized from the townhouse a quantity of marijuana, two small marijuana plants, and assorted drug paraphernalia including scales, grinders and packaging materials, according to Ubry.
All four teens were charged with possession of marijuana under 50 grams and possession of drug paraphernalia, Ubry said. He identified the suspects as Marquis Bradshaw, 18; Shareef Griffin, 18; and two 17-year-olds whose names were withheld because, under the law, they are still considered juveniles.
The owner of the townhouse, Gicela Gonzalez, 59, was later charged with possession of marijuana under 50 grams and making a property available for underage drinking, Ubry added.
He said additional charges are pending the completion of the investigation, which is being conducted by Detective Scott Caloiaro and Officers Sean Kerins and Andres Mejia.