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Man charged with possession of clonazepam in Newton

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.

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By: Jay Edwards Follow on Twitter | Like on Facebook

Jay Edwards

Born and raised in Northwest NJ, Jay has a degree in Communications and has had a life-long interest in local radio and various styles of music. Jay has held numerous jobs over the years such as stunt car driver, bartender, voice-over artist, traffic reporter (award winning), NY Yankee maintenance crewmember and peanut farm worker. His hobbies include mountain climbing, snowmobiling, cooking, performing stand-up comedy and he is an avid squirrel watcher. Jay has been a guest on America’s Morning Headquarters,program on The Weather Channel, and was interviewed by Sam Champion.

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