On Wednesday, February 8, 2012, at approximately 5:30 pm, Officer Bryan Whalen was patrolling in the area of Old Onset Rd. and Midway St. in the Onset section of town, when he noticed a suspicious vehicle operating in the area. Upon further observation, the vehicle, occupied by three adult males, was stopped for defective equipment on Onset Ave. in the area of Depot Auto. The vehicle was driven by 23-year-old Sonny Tavares of Wareham, with passengers Chad Turner, age 22 of Onset, and a third male who did not face charges as a result of the stop.
During the motor vehicle stop and subsequent investigation, patrol officers located a sandwich bag containing over 2 ounces of Marijuana in the vehicle, along with $1,562.00 cash in the possession of Sonny Tavares. Chad Turner and Sonny Tavares were both charged with Possession of Marijuana Over 1 Ounce. Both parties were placed under arrest and the vehicle was towed from the scene. The possession of marijuana charge was a subsequent offense for Mr. Tavares. In addition to the Marijuana charge, Sonny Tavares was taken into custody by Mass. Parole officers for violation of previously set parole conditions.
Chad Turner and Sonny Tavares were arraigned on the Marijuana charges at the Wareham Fourth District Court on Wednesday, February 9, 2012.