Park Forest, IL–(ENEWSPF)– Two men were arrested on drug charges last week after one of them was pulled over by police on Orchard Drive. A hypodermic needle discovered inside the vehicle led police to further inquiry.
An officer was on patrol on Orchard Drive approaching Indiana Street shortly before 11 a.m. when he observed a vehicle traveling southbound on Orchard at 48 mph, according to police. The officer initiated a U-turn, and the vehicle began to increase speed in an apparent attempt to elude the officer, according to police. The vehicle finally stopped at the north intersection of Dogwood Street and Western Avenue. The driver, Joseph Parente, told police that he did not hear the officer’s siren because he had his radio turned up loud. According to police, Parente said, "if it will help things, you can search my vehicle.”
Inside the vehicle, police located a hypodermic needle containing a small amount of brownish liquid in the front passenger door storage compartment. Police requested, and Parente gave them permission to search his residence. At his residence on Dogwood, police discovered a Chicago man, Scott Motisi, sleeping on the couch.
In addition to other drug paraphernalia, during their search police discovered two clear Ziploc bags containing an off-white powder, suspect cocaine, two syringes containing a brown liquid, suspect heroine, and a clear plastic pill bottle containing nine white and blue capsules.
Joseph M. Parente, 24, 25 Dogwood St., Park Forest, and Scott A. Motisi, 23, 629 Navarre, Chicago, were arrested on August 31 and charged with one felony count of possession of a controlled substance.
Parente was additionally charged with exceeding the posted speed limit, fleeing and attempting to elude, possession of cannabis and possession of drug paraphernalia. Motisi was subsequently charged with possession of cannabis and possession of drug paraphernalia.