Police: Window Tint Leads to Drug Arrest for Phoenixville Man

East Pikeland Police made the arrest last Wednesday on Ridge Road.

East Pikeland Police are reporting that they arrested a local man last week who was in possession of marijuana he intended to sell.

According to court documents, on January 30 at 1:18 a.m., an officer on patrol pulled over a white Volkswagen on Ridge Road because the vehicle’s windows were tinted to a degree that was illegal.

The officer noted that the driver, Herbert Lee Williams, 19, smelled like marijuana and removed him from the vehicle to perform a search. During this pat down—during which Williams denied being in possession of marijuana—the officer’s partner saw a large plastic bag filled with ten individually packaged bags of what appeared to be marijuana sitting by the center console.

The substance was confirmed as marijuana at the East Pikeland Police station and Williams admitted that it was his.

Williams was charged with manufacture, delivery, or possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, possession of a controlled substance, and possession of drug paraphernalia. He faces preliminary hearing on February 7.

Joe Phoenix February 05, 2013 at 01:27 PM
What exactly is illegal tint? I see undercover police cars with window tint all the time.
Douglas J. Trainor February 05, 2013 at 02:23 PM
Joe, they're exempted. Hearses, ambulances, and government vehicles can have obstructive viewing tinting. For citizens, there is exemption for medical reasons for certain conditions, but those would have to be pre-certified by a licensed physician or optometrist and be granted (and carry) a certificate of exemption. TITLE 75 VEHICLES CHAPTER 45 OTHER REQUIRED EQUIPMENT SUBCHAPTER B SAFETY AND ANTI-POLLUTION EQUIPMENT § 4524. Windshield obstructions and wipers. (e) Sun screening and other materials prohibited. (1) No person shall drive any motor vehicle with any sun screening device or other material which does not permit a person to see or view the inside of the vehicle through the windshield, side wing or side window of the vehicle. Reference -- http://www.legis.state.pa.us/WU01/LI/LI/CT/HTM/75/ Also, see the Pennsylvania Code § 175.67. Glazing. (d) Obstructions (4) A sun screening device or other material which does not permit a person to see or view the inside of the vehicle is prohibited, unless otherwise permitted by FMVSS No. 205, or a certificate of exemption has been issued in compliance with § 175.265 (relating to exemption provisions). See Table X for specific requirements for vehicles subject to this subchapter. Passenger car requirements relating to the rear window are delineated by vehicle model year in Table X. Reference -- http://www.pacode.com/secure/data/067/chapter175/s175.67.html
harry finster February 05, 2013 at 04:26 PM
he said he didnt have any drugs and the cops didnt believe him ,call the american civil liberties
John Odell February 05, 2013 at 04:36 PM
The article says it was in plain sight in the car. Too bad for him.
Joe Phoenix February 05, 2013 at 05:15 PM
Sure they are. I suppose they are also exempt from wearing seat belts, talking on the cell phone, texting and driving, turning right on red when there is a sign that says you can't. Speeding when there is no emergency. I'm just saying the people who are suppose to be setting a good example and abiding by the laws and/or rules are the biggest law breakers around. Who polices the police?
Jerome Baker February 05, 2013 at 06:16 PM
Ha name was Herb. Classic
Ed Roper February 06, 2013 at 02:32 PM


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