SAYRE — Two men are in the Bradford County Jail in lieu of $25,000 bail after multiple illegal substances and drug paraphernalia were found on their persons after the vehicle they were riding in broke down on Tuesday.
According to Sayre Police, Kenneth Lee Brendel, 45, of Mountain Top was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of controlled substances and providing false identification to law enforcement.
Albert Lee Benedict, 30, of Williamsport was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and controlled substances.
Police said the incident began at approximately 6:40 p.m. Tuesday when officers received a report from the Waverly Police Department that three individuals had been spotted walking on the Exit 60 off-ramp in Sayre and leaving a vehicle that had broken down on Interstate 86.
When Sayre officers arrived, they encountered the three individuals — Brendel, Benedict and a woman whose identity was not disclosed — and began speaking with Brendel, who began to act “overly nervous,” said police.
When asked for his name and age, Brendel provided officers with an incorrect name and date of birth, said police. When officers said there was no record of anyone with that information, Brendel gave another, also incorrect, date of birth and was then placed in handcuffs.
When asked if there was any warrants out for his arrest, Brendel replied, “yes,” and then gave officers his correct information, said police.
Benedict was also discovered to have a warrant out and told officers that a blue duffel bag that was sitting on the pavement at the scene belonged to Brendel, police said.
After searching Benedict, officers found four glassine stamp baggies with a white powder residue, one packet of rolling papers and $195 in a leather cell phone case on his person, said police.
Officers then searched the duffel bag and found a grey winter hat. Inside the hat, officers discovered 12 glassine stamp bags with white residue, one red plastic bag with a crystalline residue, one clear baggie with a crystalline residue, one metal spoon with a white, dried residue, a blue plastic bag containing four cotton ball filters, four Q-tips, two suboxone pills, one razorblade and three hypodermic needles.
Both Brendel and Benedict are set to appear before Magisterial District Court Judge Larry Hurley on July 2.