Two people from Texas were arrested after allegedly driving through Pequannock NJ with a handgun loaded with hollow-point bullets.
A Pequannock NJ patrol officer stopped a vehicle heading southbound on Route 23 on the day after Christmas. The officer pulled over the vehicle after allegedly observing the driver fail to keep right.
The vehicle was driven by a 44-year-old male from Texas. The driver’s 40-year-old wife was seated on the passenger side of the vehicle.
According to authorities, the driver failed to produce a valid driver’s license for the patrol officer. Additionally, the officer allegedly spotted a handgun in the car’s glove box when the driver’s wife tried to find the vehicle’s registration.
The patrol officer immediately removed the driver and the passenger from the car; he placed both suspects in handcuffs.
When the officer searched the vehicle, he reportedly found a 9 mm Smith and Wesson handgun in the glove compartment. According to police, the handgun was loaded with nine hollow-point bullets.
During a subsequent search of the vehicle, officers reportedly discovered a bag of marijuana.
The suspects arrested and charged with a number of criminal offenses. The driver has been charged with simple possession of less than 50 grams of marijuana, failure to keep right, and driving without a license. Meanwhile, the passenger has been charged with unlawful possession of a handgun and unlawful possession of hollow-point ammunition.
Sometime after being arrested, the suspects were released from custody on their own recognizance. They will have to appear in court at a later date to answer the charges.
To learn more about this case, see the NJ.com article entitled “Texas Woman Had Illegal Hollow-Point Bullets, Handgun, Cops Say.”