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'Skunk sack' leads to charges for driver

July 15, 2019 Digital Media Exclusive

Police allegedly found marijuana in a bag labeled “skunk sack” stashed in the car of a New Castle man pulled over for speeding this spring.

Police charged 37-year-old Michael J. Kokolis on Monday with two counts of driving under the influence, possessing a small amount of marijuana for personal use, two counts of possession of drug paraphernalia, speeding and careless driving. Kokolis was stopped April 30 after police reported him going 86 mph near the 98-mile marker of Interstate 79, where the speed limit is 70 mph.

When police stopped Kokolis, they allegedly noted the odor of marijuana coming from inside the car. According to court documents, Kokolis allegedly told police he smoked marijuana the day before and told officers he had a bag with the drug in it.

This is an excerpt from a story in Tuesday's Butler Eagle.