On April 28, 2019 at 9:37 AM, the Lower Allen Township Police Department was dispatched to the 900 block of Rupp Avenue for a drug complaint. The caller reported a male smoking marijuana and described the male and his vehicle to dispatchers. As officers arrived, the described vehicle was now observed driving on Gettysburg Road. The vehicle was stopped for its for dark window tint (18%) and officers immediately detected the odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle.
With probable cause of drug use, the vehicle was then searched and several pipes, roaches with marijuana, rolling tips, and two push rods were found. Joseph Thomas was placed under arrest and was transported to Cumberland County Prison. While continuing the investigation, another occupant of Thomas' apartment provided consent to search and in the common area of the apartment a plastic bag of approximately 30 grams of marijuana, a digital scale, rolling papers, a grinder, and a pipe were found and seized.