NEWTON, NJ (Sussex County) – A homeless man has been charged with possession of clonazepam following an incident that occurred Wednesday in Newton, according to Newton Police Lieutenant Robert Osborn.
At 3:55 a.m., officers observed a man lying on the ground in the area of Lower Spring Street. The man, who was identified as Michael Stafford, 33, indicated that he was resting and not in need of medical assistance, Osborn said.
A warrant check was conducted and subsequently Stafford was observed to be allegedly throwing an unknown item on the ground nearby. Officers located the item and discovered it was a plastic baggie which contained 10 clonazepam pills, which were not prescribed to him, Osborn said.
Clonazepam is used to treat seizures, panic disorder and anxiety, according to the Food and Drug Administration.
Stafford was arrested and a search incident to arrest revealed that he was also in possession of a hypodermic syringe, Osborn said.
The warrant check indicated that Stafford had an outstanding warrant out of the Sussex County Sheriff’s Department for failing to appear, Osborn said.
Stafford was charged with third-degree possession of a prescription legend drug without a prescription, and possession of a hypodermic syringe. He was lodged in the Sussex County Jail pending court.