Essex County law enforcement arrested a Vauxhall man accused of possessing a large amount of marijuana in Newark, New Jersey.
The suspect was driving a 2016 Lincoln MKX on Somerset Street in Newark NJ when an Essex County Sheriff’s officer reportedly saw him commit a traffic offense him speed through a red light. The police officer was sitting in an unmarked police cruiser, so the suspect may not have noticed him.
The Essex County police officer quickly caught up to the suspect on the roadway and pulled over his vehicle. When the cop spoke with the suspect, he reportedly smelled a “pungent” odor of marijuana coming from the car.
Additionally, the police officer reportedly saw in plain view an open backpack filled with marijuana, as well as a bag of illegal drugs in the center cup holder.
A subsequent search of the suspect’s car by police reportedly led to the discovery of numerous vacuum-sealed baggies of marijuana.
The marijuana allegedly found in the suspect’s motor vehicle is said to weigh more than five pounds and have a total street value in excess of $25,000.
While police were searching the vehicle, the suspect allegedly tried to make a run for it and flee the police officers. However, he was soon apprehended and placed under arrest.
The suspect, a 33-year-old male from Vauxhall NJ, has been charged with multiple drug offenses, including marijuana distribution and possession of marijuana.
After being arrested and charged, the suspect was transported to the Essex County Correctional Facility in Newark, New Jersey. He was being held at the jail on a $150,000 bail amount.
For further information about this case, see the NJ.com article, “Speeding Leads to $25K Pot Bust, Authorities Say.”