Bangor man invites police into home, gets caught with marijuana, authorities say

Pennsylvania State Police who went to  Bangor on Wednesday to arrest a man on marijuana possession charges found 11 ounces of the drug in his home, court records say. Mark David Barends, 39, of Bangor, had an active warrant for possessing more than a pound of marijuana at a sobriety check point in April.

Barends invited state Trooper Jonathan Eckhart into his South Third Street home at 4:40 p.m., police said. Eckhart smelled marijuana and Barends and Sonia Barends admitted to smoking it, court documents said. Court documents did not indicate the relationship between Sonia and Mark Barends.

The two “insisted that there was no more marijuana inside the house,” but consented to a search, police said. Court documents say Eckhart then found 13 bags of marijuana, which weighed 11.4 ounces. A narcotic drug test proved the bags contained marijuana and they were then sent to the state police’s Bethlehem Regional Laboratory for further analysis, documents say.

Mark Barends is charged with possession of marijuana, possession with intent to manufacture or deliver marijuana and possession with the intent to use drug paraphernalia. Mark Barends was released on 10 percent of $20,000 bail today, police said. His preliminary hearing is Sept. 8.

Police found a pound of marijuana in the back seat of Mark Barends’ car after he went through the checkpoint at Route 611 near Front Street in Lower Mount Bethel Township in April, records said. Mark Barends also had a digital scale disguised as a CD case and $1,100 in cash, police said. He admitted the marijuana was his and said he bought it in Easton, records say.

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