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City Man Arrested on Felony Drug Charges

Mark C. Watsons

Mount Vernon, New York, June 19, 2012 – A 36-year-old Mount Vernon man was arraigned in Mount Vernon City Court following his arrest last Thursday night on drug charges and is due in city court tomorrow morning for a felony hearing.

Last week Mount Police Detectives from the Narcotics Unit obtained search warrants for Mark C. Watsons’ car as well as his 33 North St. residence.

Watson was stopped by Detectives and Patrol Officers while driving in the area of E. Sidney and Cottage Avenues. Thirty-four bags of phencyclidine, commonly known as PCP, were recovered from the car. During a subsequent search of Watson’s apartment, Detectives seized approximately 16 ounces of the PCP as well as more than one-half pound of marihuana.

Watson was charged with 1st Degree and 4th Degree Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance and 3rd Degree Criminal Possession of Marihuana. All of the charges are felonies. Watson’s arrest record dates back to 1996 and includes fifteen total arrests, eight of them felonies. He has three felony convictions and two misdemeanor convictions.

Mount Vernon Police Commissioner Carl Bell is urging parents to closely monitor the behavior of their children for the side affects of PCP usage. “Mount Vernon has seen an increase in PCP related crimes including random acts of violence and displays of irrational behavior. We need everyone to not only be cautious when dealing with persons using PCP but also careful when coming in contact with durgs found in the home or injested during illegal recreational use. PCP is one of those drugs can be absorbed through the skin or by inhalation even if you’re not a user and its side effects can be dangerous, if not downright fatal”.

PCP, commonly referred to as angel dust, comes in both powder and liquid forms and typically it is sprayed onto leafy material such as cannabis, mint, oregano, parsley, or ginger leaves, then smoked. Low dosage of the drug can produce a numbness in the extremities and intoxication, characterized by staggering, unsteady gait, slurred speech, bloodshot eyes, and loss of balance while high doses may lead to convulsions.

PCP is addicting and repeated use often leads to psychological dependence, craving, and compulsive PCP-seeking behavior that may include delusions and hallucinations. Psychological effects include severe changes in body image, paranoia and feelings of loss of self.

People who use PCP for long periods report memory loss, difficulties with speech and thinking, depression, and sometimes extreme weight loss among heavy users.

Telltale signs of PCP injestion include rage, redness of skin, dilated pupils, delusions, amnesia, rapid movement of the eyes, excitation, and skin dryness. It can be found in liquid, powder or pill form. More commonly smoked, PCP can also be snorted or eaten.

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