Traffic Stop Leads To Drug Charges Against Carbondale Man

October 8, 2018

A Carbondale man faces drug charges after officers found dozens of Xanax pills in his car during a traffic stop, police said. Michael Thomas Selemba, 21, of 119 Birkett St., was taken into custody early Saturday after Officers Bill Wolfe and Brittany Mang pulled his 2005 Volkswagen over at the Peebles Plaza on Brooklyn Street. The officers were on patrol in the area of Eighth Avenue around 1:17 a.m. when they observed a man, later identified as Selemba, stumble and fall in the parking lot of Turkey Hill Minit Market before getting into his car, Wolfe and Mang wrote in the arrest affidavit. He drove over a curb and failed to use a turn signal as he pulled away. After the officers stopped the vehicle, Selemba denied he was under the influence, but admitted having a “couple of shots” earlier, the affidavit said. He was placed into custody on suspicion of DUI after starting to fall asleep as Wolfe administered a field sobriety test. Because the Volkswagen was blocking the entrance to the Peebles Plaza parking lot, police called for a tow truck. During an inventory of the vehicle, officers found 83 1/2 Xanax pills in a plastic bag in the center console that Selemba later admitted were his, along with a glass pipe and small amount of marijuana, police said. Selemba was charged with possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance and other offenses, police said. A passenger in his car, Neve Grace Krahl, 20, of 227 Skyline Drive, Archbald, faces misbranding and other charges after telling officers she did not have a prescription for another Xanax pill found in a plastic container with her identification on the passenger side of the vehicle, police said. The arraignment information for Selemba and Krahl was not immediately available. Contact the writer: dsingleton@timesshamrock.com, 570-348-9132

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