According to law enforcement officials, the suspect was driving a car on a road in Califon New Jersey when a Washington Township patrol cop saw him commit a moving violation. Washington Township NJ police officers are routinely patrol Califon just past the borough’s border with Hunterdon County.
The police officer in this case got closer to the car and reportedly noticed that the suspect was probably under the influence of marijuana. The Washington Township police officer also reportedly spotted the suspect trying to hide a stash of marijuana inside the vehicle.
When police later searched the car, they allegedly found two bags of marijuana and two bags of cocaine.
Additionally, police also allegedly discovered the suspect with a paintball gun holstered to his sock.
The suspect is a 20-year-old man who lives in Oxford, New Jersey. He was placed under arrest and charged with several crimes, including unlawful possession of a weapon, possession of cocaine, and simple possession of marijuana.
The Washington Township Police Department issued an announcement about the arrest and also posted a photo of the seized airsoft gun on the police department’s Facebook page. The image of the imitation firearm was accompanied by another image of an actual handgun. Washington Township police hope to educate the public about how difficult it can be for a police officer to recognize an imitation firearm and distinguish it from an actual firearm.
After being arrested and charged, the suspect was taken to the Somerset County Jail. He later secured posted $10,000 bail and was released with a summons to appear in court to address the criminal charges against him.
For more information about this case, see the DailyRecord.com article, “Washington Twp. Cops: Gun Arrest Could Have Gone Bad.”