A Wanaque New Jersey man was arrested after allegedly being caught in possession of marijuana and a pellet gun while driving around Pequannock, NJ.
According to authorities, a Pequannock NJ police officer noticed the 19-year-old suspect failing to wear a seatbelt while driving along Route 23 in Pequannock, New Jersey. So the patrol officer stopped the suspect’s vehicle. The traffic stop was made at 12:45 p.m.
The police officer got out of his patrol car and walked toward the suspect’s car. While speaking with the suspect, the police officer allegedly noticed a strong odor of marijuana emanating from the vehicle. The officer later conducted a search of the vehicle and allegedly found two small bags of marijuana.
Prior to the officer’s search, the suspect allegedly informed the Pequannock police officer that an unloaded Airsoft Pellet gun was in the vehicle. Police then allegedly discovered the imitation firearm while searching the vehicle.
The suspect was arrested without incident. He was charged with several crimes, including simple possession of marijuana, possession of a CDS in a motor vehicle, and possession of an imitation firearm.
Additionally, the suspect was cited for a number of traffic violations, including failure to wear a seatbelt and failure to exhibit a driver’s license.
If the suspect is ultimately convicted of marijuana possession, he would be subject to significant penalties. As set forth by N.J.S.A. 2C:35-10(a)(4), possession of less than 50 grams of pot is a disorderly persons offense. A conviction could result in a sentence of up to six months in the Morris County Jail.
After being placed under arrested and charged, the suspect was released on his own recognizance. He will have to appear in Pequannock Municipal Court at a later date to answer the charges against him.
To learn more about this case, check out the NJ.com article entitled “Man Charged with Possession of Pot and Pellet Gun.”