Police: Marijuana, more than $10,000 found during traffic stop


PLAINS TWP. — Nearly two years after being caught with more than a pound of marijuana and about $1,700 in cash during a traffic stop, a Hughestown man found himself in the same situation again when troopers found packaged marijuana bags and more than $10,000 in his car Tuesday, according to police.

A trooper patrolling the area of North River Street near the North Cross Valley Expressway ran the registration for a Chrysler 300 and learned the owner, Michael Bernard Breznay, 34, had a suspended driver’s license, court papers say.

Breznay stopped near North Street, Wilkes-Barre, where the trooper found 61 packaged bags of marijuana, 10 suspected oxycodone pills, four marijuana candies, suspected marijuana oil, a scale with white residue and $10,440 in his vehicle, according to a criminal complaint.

Before the narcotics and paraphernalia were found, the trooper allegedly detected an odor of marijuana emitting from the car.

When Breznay was told about the odor, he put his hands behind his back without being asked to do so, the complaint states.

Breznay, of Center Street, was arraigned Tuesday afternoon by District Judge Thomas Malloy in Wilkes-Barre on charges of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance, possession of a small amount of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and driving with a suspended license. He was released on $50,000 unsecured bail.

Court records say Breznay was sentenced by Luzerne County Judge Joseph Sklarosky Jr. last May to 60 days to three years on a charge of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance.

That case involved a traffic stop by Plains Township police on Route 315 on April 20, 2016.

Township police said they found 52 packaged bags of marijuana, five vacuum-sealed bags of marijuana and $1,770 in Breznay’s vehicle.

By: Ed Lewis, Times Leader