A simple traffic stop so often turns into much more complicated legal troubles.
That's the situation for a West New York man pulled over for speeding
early on a recent day.
Police say it was 3:30 in the morning when the 20-year-old was going 50
miles per hour in an area with a 25 mph speed limit. By the time what
began as a traffic stop was over, the man faced a wide variety of criminal
weapons offenses and drug offenses.
The traffic stop was at 43rd Street and Kennedy Boulevard in North Bergen.
Police said the man was unable to supply a driver's license or registration
for his vehicle when asked.
The officer making the stop then noticed a digital scale in the back seat
of the black 2001 Land Rover. On the scale was a white powdery substance.
It was at this point that the man was asked to step out of the vehicle
so that he could be placed under arrest for driving without a license
and without proof of auto insurance.
Police said they then patted him down, finding both cocaine and marijuana
in his pants pockets.
Officers said the man signed a form consenting to having the police search his SUV.
In the vehicle they found a loaded pistol with 10 bullets, as well as a
magazine clip containing another 10 bullets. They also uncovered a knife
in a book bag stowed under the passenger seat.
Officers said they also found a stun gun and a set of brass knuckles in
the glove compartment of the vehicle.
The man faces a litany of serious criminal charges:
- Four counts: possession of a weapon for unlawful purposes
- Four counts: unlawful possession of a weapon
- Two counts: possession of a controlled and dangerous substance
- Driving an uninsured vehicle
- Driving without a license
- Possession of drug paraphernalia
"West New York man arrested with drugs, weapons, police say": January 3, 2011