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Youngsville traffic stop leads to drug arrest

A traffic stop for a burned out light resulted in the seizure of over 12 grams of methamphetamine over the weekend in Youngsville Borough.

The result is that two men — Matthew B. Vanarsdale, 31, Rixford, Pa., and Devin C. Adams, 18, Youngsville — were arrested and charged, with both men remanded to the Warren County Jail on Dec. 28 in lieu of $10,000 bail instituted by District Justice Laura Bauer.

Online court records indicate that Vanarsdale has been charged with possession with intent to deliver, conspiracy (possession with intent to deliver), two counts of possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, marijuana – small amount personal use, no rear lights, and required financial responsibility. Adams has been charged with possession with intent to deliver, conspiracy (possession with intent to deliver), and possession of a controlled substance.

Police observed a dark Ford sedan traveling east on E. Main St. at 12:23 a.m. on Dec. 28 “and this vehicle not having working registration plate lights,” according to the affidavit of probable cause.

A traffic stop was initiated and police made contact with the driver, Vanarsdale, and Adams, who was a passenger in the vehicle.

Police allege that “reasonable suspicion was acquired through conversation” with the defendants and K9 Dina was brought in and had a “positive alert of narcotics of the Ford sedan.”

A search of the vehicle subsequently resulted in the discovery of “12.6 grams of a white, crystal-like substance suspected to be methamphetamine, one hundred dollars US currency and multiple gift cards” while a search of Vanarsdale “resulted in 3.2 grams”… suspected to be methamphetamine in a(n) orange prescription bottle, unused medical syringe, marijuana cigarette and suboxone strips.”

Police said in the affidavit that both defendants “denied possession of the 12.6 grams of methamphetamine located inside the vehicle as they both blamed each other of who was in possession of the methamphetamine.”

Preliminary hearings for both men are scheduled for 11 a.m. Jan. 7.

Vanarsdale also was charged by Youngsville Police on Tuesday for drug offenses stemming from Nov. 5. At that docket, he faces charges including two counts of conspiracy (deliver/intent to deliver drug paraphernalia), two counts of criminal use of a communications facility, theft by deception – false impression, and failure to notify change in address.

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