A Paterson NJ man was arrested after police allegedly found him in possession of marijuana during a traffic stop in Fair Lawn, New Jersey.
According to authorities, Fair Lawn patrol officers stopped the suspect’s vehicle on Broadway and Tunbridge Road in Fair Lawn, NJ. The traffic stop was made a short time before 12:00 p.m.
At some point, during the stop, the police officers reportedly discovered 45 grams of marijuana in a Tupperware container inside the car. The container was allegedly concealed in a knapsack.
Police subsequently arrested the vehicle driver, a 20-year-old male from Paterson, New Jersey. When police ran a background search on the driver, they reportedly learned that he had an arrest warrant out of Elmwood Park, NJ.
Police officers also learned that the car passenger, a 22-year-old male from Paterson, reportedly had arrest warrants out of Passaic County and Morris County.
The driver of the car has been charged with multiple drug crimes, including possession with intent to distribute marijuana, simple possession of marijuana, and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Meanwhile, the vehicle passenger was transferred to the custody of Passaic County sheriff’s officers because of the outstanding warrants for his arrest.
If the driver is convicted on the most serious marijuana distribution charges, he faces severe penalties. As set forth by N.J.S.A. 2C:35-5, possession with intent to distribute marijuana in an amount greater than one ounce can be classified as a third degree felony and carries a penalty of 3-5 years in New Jersey State Prison.
After being arrested and processed, the driver was taken to the Bergen County Jail in Hackensack, NJ. He was being held at the jail in lieu of $15,000 bail.
For additional information about this case, see the NorthJersey.com article entitled “Fair Lawn Police Say They Seized 45 Grams of Marijuana from Paterson Man.”