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Police: Man Ate Pot During Traffic Stop

Northport police arrested two men earlier this month on drug and weapons charges.

Patch file photo.
Patch file photo.

A man left behind a trail of crumbs, leading to a felony drug charge, after he admitted to eating marijuana when the vehicle he was traveling in was pulled over for a traffic violation.

According to Northport police, Mark Bartig, of East Northport, was in the backseat of a 1999 Lincoln when it was stopped for illegal window tints Dec. 10. It was then that the officer noticed loose marijuana on his jacket. 

Police said that after questioning, Bartig admitted to eating the marijuana and told police that there was another ounce of the drug in the trunk. However, that wasn’t all the officer found.

The officer recovered a glass mason jar with 29 grams of marijuana and 50 clear zip lock bags commonly used to package drugs in the trunk. The officer also found a black digital scale with marijuana residue on it next to Bartig in the back seat, police said.

The driver, Christopher Roel, of Northport, admitted to police that he had a knife in the driver’s side door jam. Upon a search, the officer recovered a large, black metal dagger, police said.

Bartig was arrested and charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance in the fifth degree, a felony. Roel was charged with criminal possession of a weapon and given a citation for illegal window tints.

Pat Kelly December 27, 2013 at 05:58 PM
Good job NPD. Keep the Dirt-Bags off our streets.
Eric Kranenberg December 28, 2013 at 06:16 PM
Wow is patch that desperate and can't find something to write about? I mean to post old news today from almost 3 weeks ago? Try to keep up with current events. Have you herd that New York may possibly be legalizing marijuana?
ARCH STANTON January 03, 2014 at 07:32 PM
HEY ERIC, HAVE YOU HEARD THAT MARIJUANA IS STILL ILLEGAL IN THE STATE OF N.Y., WHICH MAKES THE ARREST LEGAL. HOPEFULLY THE LAW WON'T CHANGE.
FYI January 04, 2014 at 05:20 PM
Arch, it was just old news...
Sent from my Lear Jet January 05, 2014 at 08:03 PM
Dumb lazy kops still arresting potheads. Nice and safe unlike coke, meth and heroin dealers and of course the most violent ones of all, drunks. Drunks beat women, cops, jail staff, potheads mellow and giggling might bore kops and jailers with stupid jokes. Only crimes potheads commit might be hijacking trucks filled with oreos. Dumb kops please tell the readers of this who the victim of this "FELONY" is. Stupid, stupid, stupid, and a waste of taxpayers money.
ARCH STANTON January 06, 2014 at 06:22 PM
SOUNDS TO ME LIKE YOU'VE ALREADY BAKED YOUR BRAIN. YOUR RAP SHEET MUST BE A MILE LONG, HENCE YOUR HATRED TOWARDS THE POLICE.
Sent from my Lear Jet January 06, 2014 at 06:41 PM
No rap sheet, havent smoked weed in 30+ years. I don't hate cops but when I see obvious bullshit arrests, I call a spade a spade. Pot smokers are docile, mellow. Drunks ( a legal activity) are nasty, fight with cops and jailers, mow down innocents. Watch some of those jail shows on cable. Pot arrestees giggle and kid with jailers, rarely/never cause problems. Drunks fight, abusive, cursing frequently major problem. Beat wife and kids. Jailers frequently comment on camera on the drastic difference between the two (smokers/boozers). I love to see the hick town sheriffs proudly speech making about getting "narcotics off the street" while talking about weed. Get it through your head: pot is a danger to no one (excluding lung problems). I love to ask people like you to tell PATCH readers who is the crime victim in a pot bust? Ball is in your court.
ARCH STANTON January 08, 2014 at 01:45 PM
IF YOU DON'T THINK THAT MARIJUANA DOESN'T DAMAGE THE BRAIN, HEART, LUNGS AND IMMUNE SYSTEM AND ALSO INTERFERES WITH MEMORY PERCEPTION, JUDGEMENT BY SLOWING DOWN THE MOTOR SKILLS, REACTION TIME, PARANOIA, MOOD SWINGS, FATIGUE, MEMORY LOSS, CONFUSION AND BLOCKAGE OF BLOOD VESSSELS THAT LEAD TO LUNG CANCER IS NAIVE AND PRIMITIVE THINKING. OBVIOUSLY YOU HAVEN'T SEEN ANYONE INJURED AT A WORKPLACE OR INVOLVED IN AN AUTO ACCIDENT THAT WAS HIGH ON MARIJUANA AT THE TIME OF THE INCIDENT. WOULD YOU HONESTLY BOARD A PLANE IF YOU KNEW THAT THE PILOT HAD JUST SMOKED MARIJUANA, I DON'T THINK SO.
Sent from my Lear Jet January 08, 2014 at 02:12 PM
Apparently you didn't read my post. I mentioned lung problems as a possibility. The balance of your babbling appears to be the result of watching REEFER MADNESS while drunk too often. Airline pilots get arrested regularly for being drunk--I don't recall ever seeing one busted for on duty pot smoking. The wrong intoxicant, alcohol is legal. Drunks are violent and write in capital letters too much. Sober up and smoke a bone, it will make you a better human being. I'll ask YOU again: who is the victim in this felony arrest? Answer the question.
Rich January 09, 2014 at 09:44 AM
That bit about the capital letters made me chuckle. A huge list about potentially hazardous health effects can be made for anything and everything, from vitamins to holding your breath(truly dangerous behavior, can result in death!)
ARCH STANTON January 13, 2014 at 03:37 PM
HAVE YOU EVER HEARD THE TERM GATEWAY DRUG? WOULD YOU ALLOW YOUR TEENAGE CHILDREN TO SMOKE POT, KNOWING IT COULD LEAD TO USING MORE ADDICTIVE DRUGS? THE "VICTIM" COULD BE THE RECIPIENT OF YOUR IGNORANT DECISION SHOULD YOU DECIDE TO SMOKE POT AND DRIVE AS ONE EXAMPLE. AS FAR AS BABBLING GOES, YOU DID NOTHING BUT RAMBLE ON ABOUT KOPS, JAILERS, DRUNKS ETC., WHICH HAD NOTHING TO DO WITH THE ARTICLE. AS FAR AS YOUR NOT SMOKING WEED IN 30 YEARS, I DON'T BELIEVE IT. YOUR PREVIOUS COMMENTS ARE ALL TOO DELUSIONAL.
Sent from my Lear Jet January 13, 2014 at 04:12 PM
I heard that "gateway" bullshit 30 years ago and it is still as stupid now as it was then. If weed is a gateway drug, so is milk as junkies frequently use both prior to turning to hard dope. Junkies also use tobacco, alcohol and toilet paper. So what?When a tobacco smoker is out of cigs, they crawl the walls, they are now paying $10 in punitive taxes for a pack and will pay $20 when the taxes get that high. I just ran out of pot 30 years ago--no craving, no crawling up the wall for some--nothing. I don't really give a fuck whether you believe me or not. The article was about pot and the stuff about kops and jailers was about pot and the difference between the violence of drunks v. the passivity of pot smokers. Get your nose out of the Jack Daniels bottle and stop with the REEFER MADNESS viewing and the capital letters. Pot arrests are a sign of lazy kops with too much time on their hands. Time would be better spent arresting real criminals. You didnt answer the question: Who is the victim in this stupid pot arrest? Still waiting for an answer.
ARCH STANTON January 14, 2014 at 11:59 AM
ARE YOU REALLY THAT IGNORANT? BASED ON YOUR LANGUAGE I'D SAY THAT THE MARIJUANA HAS ALREADY FRIED YOUR BRAIN. TO ANSWER YOUR QUESTION AGAIN, THE "VICTIM" COULD BE THE RECIPIENT OF YOUR IGNORANT DECISION, SHOULD YOU DECIDE TO SMOKE POT AND DRIVE. IN CASE YOU DON'T UNDERSTAND THE DEFINITION OF IGNORANT, THAT WOULD BE YOU SHOWING LACK OF KNOWLEDGE OR INTELLIGENCE. YOU NEVER ANSWERED MY QUESTION, WOULD YOU ALLOW YOUR TEENAGED CHILDREN TO SMOKE MARIJUANA?
kaneh bosm January 15, 2014 at 11:39 AM
Arch- Start Spreading the News , Have you heard?news? "Reefer Madness" is here New York has officially legalized medical cannabis through an executive order made today, January 8th Please take some time to educate yourself on the subject matter or you are the ignorant one here First, NO teenagers should not be allowed to smoke cannabis , it should be Regulated and Legalized as Alcohol and Tobacco are today. Children should be taught what it is and is NOT and not use old stereo types to stigmatize it based on old, tired worn out Half-truth narratives. FYI- Harry Anslinger, the father of the war on weed, fully embraced racism as a tool to demonize marijuana. As the first commissioner of the Federal Bureau of Narcotics, a predecessor to the Drug Enforcement Administration, Anslinger institutionalized his belief that pot's "effect on the degenerate races" made its prohibition a top priority. Between Anslinger's ruminations on the need to keep marijuana away from minorities -- especially the entertainers! -- were countless other fabrications about the health effects of pot. It was "more dangerous than heroin or cocaine" and "leads to pacifism and communist brainwashing,'' he claimed Anslinger was also a liar. As the drug war got going in the early 20th century, the bureau published surveys showing its efforts to combat drug use had led to dramatic declines over the decade of the 1920s. But drug historian David Courtwright, through a Freedom of Information Act request, got his hands on the actual surveys and found the data to have been fabricated. He also found a private memo from Anslinger admitting the numbers were made up. Nevertheless, Anslinger used that success to argue for an expansion of the drug war to weed in 1937. (The incident is covered in the book This Is Your Country On Drugs, by HuffPost's Ryan Grim.) Comments Welcome!
Sent from my Lear Jet January 19, 2014 at 04:56 PM
Obama: Marijuana No More Dangerous Than Alcohol The Huffington Post | By Mollie Reilly Posted: 01/19/2014 12:05 pm EST With a majority of Americans now in favor marijuana legalization, President Barack Obama is now saying weed is no more dangerous to individuals' health than alcohol. In an interview with the New Yorker's David Remnick published Sunday, Obama said while he believes marijuana is "not very healthy," the drug isn't as harmful as some insist. “As has been well documented, I smoked pot as a kid, and I view it as a bad habit and a vice, not very different from the cigarettes that I smoked as a young person up through a big chunk of my adult life. I don’t think it is more dangerous than alcohol," Obama told Remnick. When asked if he believes marijuana is less harmful than alcohol, Obama said it is less damaging "in terms of its impact on the individual consumer." "It’s not something I encourage, and I’ve told my daughters I think it’s a bad idea, a waste of time, not very healthy," he added. Marijuana is currently classified by the Drug Enforcement Administration as a Schedule 1 substance, which the DEA considers "the most dangerous class of drugs with a high potential for abuse and potentially severe psychological and/or physical dependence." Other Schedule 1 drugs include heroin, ecstasy and LSD. Obama said his focus on reforming laws that punish drug users, noting the racial disparity in drug arrests. "We should not be locking up kids or individual users for long stretches of jail time when some of the folks who are writing those laws have probably done the same thing," he said. In August, the Obama administration announced it would not stop Washington and Colorado from legalizing recreational marijuana use, marking a major step away from the administration's war on drugs. In the New Yorker interview, Obama said he believes these new laws are "important." “It's important for it to go forward because it’s important for society not to have a situation in which a large portion of people have at one time or another broken the law and only a select few get punished," he said.
Sent from my Lear Jet January 26, 2014 at 03:52 PM
There is a brief video here re: weed.==============http://www.snotr.com/video/12564/Why_marijuana_is_illegal=====you may have to enter this address manually.
Spectr0 February 10, 2014 at 09:14 PM
Arch, you're incredibly uninformed. The "Reefer Madness" days are over and all claims made about marijuana being dangerous to the human body have been undoubtedly falsified.. Also, please turn caps lock off, you come off quite silly typing like that.
Spectr0 February 10, 2014 at 09:20 PM
Also, NPD, stop wasting our tax dollars bagging harmless stoners. If all the dude was selling was ganja, then who gives a damn. Lol at the patch for the dramatic story, written out like it was drug bust of the decade.. Oh wait, northport we're talking about here; so of course such a story needs to be seemingly heroic although it essentially amounts to nothing. Losers.
Spectr0 February 10, 2014 at 09:29 PM
"Pat-Kelly", if you or anyone that you know drinks, then you and they are just as much of a "dirt-bag" as the guy who got arrested. Wake up old-timers, the year is now 2014. Alcohol has been proven be be far more harmful than marijuana and has even been proven to reduce your motor-skills far more than marijuana can in the peak of one being high... You've been enlightened.
Sent from my Lear Jet February 10, 2014 at 10:05 PM
Last year 88,000 americans died from alcohol use. ZERO POT USERS DIED FROM USING POT DURING THE SAME PERIOD.
Sent from my Lear Jet February 12, 2014 at 06:56 AM
From: SLATE, The Online Magazine, Doonesbury page 2/12/14:SAY WHAT? "Marijuana leads to pacifism and communist brainwashing." -- Federal Bureau of Narcotics chief Harry J. Anslinger, 1948 "It really puzzles me to see marijuana connected with narcotics...dope and all that crap. It's a thousand times better than whiskey -- it's an assistant, a friend." -- Louis Armstrong

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