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Police: Durham Man Busted With a Large Amount of Pot, $22K in Cash

24-year-old Matthew Waleski had a backpack full of marijuana when he was stopped in Middletown Monday night, police say.

 

A Durham man was arrested Monday after Middletown Police say he was caught carrying almost 3/4 of a pound of pot and more than $22,000 in cash in his backpack.

Matthew Waleski, 24, of 149 Royal Oak Circle, was riding a motorcycle in the area of East Street and Country Club in Middletown when police pulled him over.

Waleski appeared to be very nervous, according to officers, and removed his backpack before he was asked to do so. Police could smell a strong odor of marijuana coming from the backpack and when one of the officers took hold of it, Waleski attempted to grab it, police said.

Waleski was immediately placed under arrest.

A search of the backpack revealed nearly 3/4 of a pound of marijuana and $22,166 in cash, police said. Police also seized the 1999 Suzuki GSXR 750 Waleski was driving.

Waleski is charged with illegal possession of narcotics (over 4 ounces), possession of narcotics with intent to sell and interfering. He was also issued an infraction for failure to carry insurance card, following too close, and an obstructed license plate.

Waleski was released on $50,000 bond. He is scheduled to appear at Middlesex Superior Court on Monday, April 23.

DMFres April 17, 2012 at 09:07 PM
convicted felon? lol wtf? where did that information come from? everyone who knows matt, knows he's not a convicted felon. Get the facts straight before commenting things like that.
Michael Hayes April 17, 2012 at 09:55 PM
For the record, a check of court records shows no criminal convictions for Matthew Waleski. He has however pleaded not guilty to traveling unreasonably fast in February, to which he received an infraction.
MRStFU January 11, 2013 at 07:13 PM
wtf are you talking about convicted felon your all a bunch of re- re mat is not a fellon and in fact is the kind of person that would give you the shirt off his back if it could cure what ailed you the people who know this story know the real criminals here are the police possesing weed is not illegal everywhere however harrassing citizens is so is takeing 6 k of the top because we know how much money matt had in his bag and we know he told police he had 28 k in the bag yet 22 made it to the reports? ?? yeah good job keep patten them on the back till its you there screwing
MRStFU January 11, 2013 at 07:15 PM
hes nicuragaun and adopted dumb*** and doesnt ride like a dummy our friends died on bikes he speeds just like you do in your car so stop driving your car like a dummy
carlo January 11, 2013 at 08:36 PM
So MrSTFU...what was a 24 year old who lives in Durham doing with 22K (or 28K) in cash, while also possessing a quantity of MJ that probably places him in the category of dealer? The real crime is your butchery of the English language.

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