MASSENA - A 34-year-old Alburgh, Vt., man was released on his own recognizance after he was charged with being in possession of 50 hypodermic needles, including one that had a controlled substance, and marijuana.
Massena-based state police charged Bernie F. Cameron, of 8 Center Bay Road, Alburgh, Vt., with a misdemeanor count of seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a misdemeanor count of possession of a hypodermic instrument and unlawful possession of marijuana. He was also ticketed for having alcohol in a motor vehicle while driving and no/insufficient right tail lamps following a road check on state Route 37, Massena.
He was arraigned by Massena Justice Gerald P. Sharlow and released to reappear Nov. 20.
Troopers said that Cameron was in possession of a hypodermic needle containing approximately 50 milliliters of a controlled substance, as well as 50 hypodermic needles and approximately 22.2 grams of marijuana. Police said Cameron also had a multi-colored marijuana smoking device that contained marijuana residue.
In a statement he signed for police, Cameron said he was driving his tractor and trailer back to Vermont after dropping off a load in Chicago, when he was stopped for a commercial vehicle safety inspection in Massena. He said that, during the inspection troopers asked him about a marijuana smell and I told him that I had some in the duffel bag for personal use.
He said troopers found the marijuana, along with a small red pouch with hypodermic needles in the duffel bag.
I told Trooper Spadaro that I smoked the marijuana to help calm me down. One of the hypodermic needles still had focalin in it mixed with a little bit of my blood. I last used the focalin approximately three weeks ago while at home. I never take the hypodermic needles with me on the road. When I grabbed my to go bag before I left Vermont, I accidentally grabbed the duffel bag with the needles in it, Cameron said in his statement.
Focalin, also known as Dexmethylphenidate, is used as part of a treatment program for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.
Cameron said he was putting all the needles in one location to eventually properly dispose of them.
I do not have a prescription for the focalin. I normally buy the focalin off the street because it is so hard to get a physician to prescribe it in Vermont. I use the focalin to help concentrate and stay focused, he said.
I am not making any excuses for the decisions that I made, Cameron said in his statement. I messed up and I accept that I made the wrong choices. I am currently trying to find a physician to prescribe me the focalin and am on three waiting lists.