PLYMOUTH - Two men are facing charges after police allegedly found cocaine and drug paraphernalia in a local home.
Jonathan Hine, 50, of 132 High St., and David Marshall, 31, of Wethersfield, were both arrested Tuesday after police and a probation officer searched Hine’s home - where Marshall has reportedly been staying.
According to the police report, Hine’s probation officer believed he had a firearm in the home and that he has been involved in drug activity. Hine is on probation for a conviction on a charge of possession of a controlled substance. One of his probation conditions prohibits him from having any guns.
During a search of the home at about 11 a.m. Tuesday, police said they found multiple bags of cocaine - weighing a total of 24 grams - a pellet gun, a glass vile labeled testosterone cypionate, a bottle with unknown pills inside, a smoking pipe, a digital scale, two syringes, a number of wax paper baggies and two snorting devices.
Marshall, who police say initially lied about his name, was charged at the scene with criminal impersonation, interfering with police, possession of drugs near a prohibited place, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a controlled substance. During his hearing Wednesday in Bristol Superior Court, Judge Richard Dyer said he could not find probable cause for the charge involving possession near a prohibited place, as the alleged place of prohibition - a school, church or another drug-free zone - was not detailed in the police report.
Additionally, Marshall was wanted in connection with a warrant alleging he failed to appear in Waterbury court on charges of third-degree burglary, third-degree criminal mischief and conspiracy to commit sixth-degree larceny.
Marshall is being held on $85,000 bond, and is due back in court on April 6.
Hine was charged with criminal possession of a weapon, sale of illegal drugs, possession of drugs near a prohibited place, possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia near a prohibited place. Dyer on Wednesday had the same dilemma with Hine’s charges as he did with Marshall’s. He did not find probable cause on any offenses that involved a drug-free zone.
“That doesn’t mean they can’t prove this later on,” Dyer said.
Hine is being held on $60,000 bond, and is scheduled to appear in court again on April 25.
Neither man entered any pleas on Wednesday. Although, they both maintained that the white, powdery substance found by police was not cocaine. Court officials said the drugs could potentially be retested if the proper motion is filed.
Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.