BROOMALL, PA — The Marple Township Police Department announced that they had successfully recovered a large amount of marijuana and a stolen firearm from a traffic stop.
According to the department’s press release, the recovery was made shortly after midnight on February 21, 2023, when Officer Joseph Varacalli conducted a traffic stop on a 2019 Silver Nissan Sentra. Upon approaching the vehicle, Officer Varacalli observed the grip portion of a black handgun on the rear floorboards partially under the front passenger seat. The driver, 19-year-old Maurice L. Barton, was subsequently removed from the vehicle and the firearm and marijuana were recovered thereafter.
On top of the drug-related counts, Barton has been charged with illegal firearms possession, receiving stolen property, and attempting to manufacture or distribute a controlled substance. If found guilty on each count, he could be facing significant jail time in addition to hefty fines and other penalties.
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