authorities2bMiddletown police arrested three men for marijuana possession in two unrelated cases in recent weeks, the department announced today.

The first of the busts occurred on October 28, when two officers in an unmarked car responded to a report of possible drug dealing on Ironwood Court, according to a press announcement by department spokesman Detective Lieutenant Steve Dollinger.

The second arrest occurred in the Lincroft section after a car sped away from police on routine patrol through a hotel parking lot, Dollinger said.

Here’s the full announcement about the first bust:

On October 28, 2010 at approximately 9:35pm Ptl. Albert Scott and Ptl. Greg Buhowski were on patrol in an unmarked police vehicle in the area of Ironwood Court in Middletown after receiving a complaint about subjects in the area possibly engaging in the sale of controlled dangerous substances

The officers were investigating when they observed a vehicle leave the area. The officers watched the vehicle swerve abruptly and almost strike a curb. The officers stopped the vehicle and upon approaching detected a strong odor of burnt marijuana coming from the interior. The officers received consent to search the car and located a plastic bag containing a green vegetation which they recognized as marijuana, small baggies used to package marijuana and a grinder which is used to crush and separate marijuana inside the glove box.

The officers then arrested, Corey Blascak, age 19, from Ironwood Court in Middletown and Michael Devlin, age 18, from Jupiter Street in Port Monmouth. Both subjects were charged with Possession of under 50 grams of marijuana, Possession with intent to distribute marijuana, Possession of drug paraphernalia and Possession of a controlled dangerous substance in a motor vehicle. Devlin was released ROR and Blascak was held on $7,500.00 bail set by Judge Thompson.

And here’s the second:

On November 8, 2010 Ptl. Albert Scott and Ptl. Greg Buhowski were on patrol in an unmarked police vehicle in the parking lot of the Extended Stay Hotel located in the Lincroft Section of Middletown. The officers were driving through the parking lot when they observed a suspicious vehicle that sped out of the lot. The officers stopped the vehicle on Newman Springs Road.

Upon approaching the vehicle the officers smelled a strong odor of raw marijuana coming from inside the vehicle. After receiving consent to search the vehicle, the officers located a baggie containing a substance which the officers recognized as marijuana between the two rear passenger seats. The officers then arrested Roc Lavarin, a rear seat passenger, age 22, from National Avenue in Bricktown, NJ for Possession of Under 50 Grams of Marijuana. He was also arrested on two contempt of court warrants out of Asbury Park and Bricktown. He was released after posting $240.00 bail for the warrants.