Ripped grocery bag leads police to drugs

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, September 28, 2011

By Nathan Hardin
A Salisbury man was in jail Wednesday morning after authorities said a ripped grocery bag led them to drugs.
According to Salisbury Police, Gregory Andrew Sterner, 600 N Long St., was riding on his bicycle on his way home with a bag containing glass bottles of beer when the bag ripped, breaking the bottles on the ground.
Officers reported that neighbors in the area pointed in the direction that Sterner was last seen.
Police caught up with Sterner after he was found stuck between two fences on Long Street.
Sterner told authorities on the scene that he didn’t pick the broken bottles up because neighbors were yelling at him.
After searching the man, officers found a crack cocaine pipe with one rock of crack cocaine inside.
Sterner, 48, was charged with felony possession of cocaine and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.
He was given a $1,500 bond and was in jail on Wednesday.