Routine Traffic Stop of East Orange NJ Man Leads to Cocaine, Marijuana Charges

An East Orange NJ man was arrested after Mendham Township police allegedly found him in possession of crack cocaine and marijuana.

According to law enforcement, the suspect was driving on Route 24 near Corey Lane in Mendham, New Jersey. A Mendham sergeant who was on patrol reportedly saw the suspect tailgating, prompting a routine traffic stop.

The police officer became suspicious of the driver as he walked toward the suspect’s vehicle. The officer believed that the driver might be under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

The sergeant called for backup. Not long after that, another police officer arrived at the scene to offer assistance.

Additionally, a K-9 unit from the Morris County Sheriff’s Office showed up. The K-9 sniffed the vehicle and indicated to the officers that drugs were located in the center console of the car.

According to officials, the suspect then consented to a search of the vehicle. Police allegedly found a hidden compartment in the center of the car, with several bags of drugs inside the compartment. Police reportedly recovered 10 bags of crack cocaine and 6 bags of marijuana.

The suspect was placed under arrest and charged with a number of drug crimes, including possession of crack cocaine with intent to distribute, simple possession of marijuana, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Sometime after the suspect was arrested, he posted a $10,000 bail amount to secure his release.

For further information about this case, view the article entitled “Cops Pull Over Man for Tailgating, Find Crack Cocaine and Pot, Mendham Township Cops Say.”

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