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April 01, 2013ALPHARETTA, Ga. – Two teens were arrested March 20 for allegedly possessing enough marijuana for distribution on school grounds.
At 8:14 a.m., an Alpharetta police officer on a motorcycle said he saw the suspect vehicle travel south on North Point Parkway and try to turn into Alpharetta High School. Due to traffic into the school, the car was forced to stop in the middle of the northbound lane and backed up traffic further. The officer pulled behind the car and said he smelled burnt marijuana coming from the car. He pulled the car over when it entered the school grounds.
The driver, Matthew Gustave Virga, 18, of Chasewood Trail, Alpharetta, allegedly admitted to smoking pot earlier in the day. A search of the car turned up a plastic box in the glove box that contained 18 baggies filled with marijuana. There was a total of 20 grams. Both Virga and the passenger, Joe H. Williams, 18, of Newport Bay Drive, Alpharetta, allegedly admitted they knew the pot was in the car. There was also a marijuana grinder in the center console.
Both were charged with possession of drug-related paraphernalia, possession of marijuana with intent to distribute and possession of marijuana within 1,000 feet of a school. Virga was also charged with obstructing an intersection.
Both Virga and Williams were taken to Fulton County Jail and released on $15,500 and $15,000 bond, respectively.