A Salem area man is facing misdemeanor marijuana possession charges after he was allegedly caught smoking a marijuana cigarette on the Fulton County Courthouse grounds.
According to Salem police Chief Al Roork, Jeremy Niederbrach, 26, of Salem was at the courthouse facing a variety of charges which included a second-degree criminal mischief charge and parole violation. At approximately 10:30 a.m. Niederbrach was observed smoking a cigarette outside the courthouse. Scott Russell, chief investigator from the 16th Judicial Drug Task Force, and DTF agent Brian Sanderson said they observed from the second floor of the courthouse, Niederbrach put out the cigarette with his fingers and place it into a prescription drug bottle.
Russell and Sanderson immediately suspected that the contents in the bottle were illegal. When Niederbrach re-entered the courtroom he was questioned by the two DTF officers. A marijuana cigarette was allegedly found inside the bottle, as were marijuana seeds and an article of drug paraphernalia. Niederbrach was taken into custody and charged. Due to his subsequent arrest he was unable to go to court for the other charges he was facing. Niederbrach is facing misdemeanor marijuana possession charges and could face further parole violation charges.