Lenox traffic stop leads to arrest of two men, seizure of marijuana


LENOX -- A traffic stop on Routes 7 and 20 to check on a potential suspended driver's license on Thursday led to the arrest of two men on drug charges, police said.

Terryl Martizna, Jr., 23, of South Main Street, Lanesborough, who was driving, and Charles E. Moore, 29, of Murray Street, Pittsfield, a passenger, were in the vehicle that was stopped by Officer John Willey, according to Lenox Police Chief Stephen O'Brien.

After Willey noticed "a strong odor of unburnt marijuana" from the detained vehicle, both occupants produced packages of marijuana totaling four ounces with a street value near $2,000, according to the police report.

Assisting with search was Lenox Officer William Colvin and Pittsfield Police Officer Steven Haecker, whose German shepherd, Rango, sniffed out additional marijuana from the trunk.

"The dog did what he was trained to do and was very effective in the search," the chief said.

Other paraphernalia related to marijuana distribution was found in the vehicle, O'Brien said.

Both suspects face charges of possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute. They were taken to Southern Berkshire District Court in Great Barrington, where they were released on personal recognizance pending arraignment next week.

The misdemeanor charge of first-offense class D controlled substance possession, manufacture and distribution carries potential imprisonment of up to two years and a fine of at least $500, O'Brien said.


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