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New Jersey man charged with drug crimes after traffic stop

Most New Jersey residents drive. Most pay attention, and obey the rules of the road while driving. These residents also normally avoid car accidents and getting pulled over by the police because of their ability to drive the way we are supposed to drive. However, even a driver who makes a point to be obedient to the rules of the road at all times can make a mistake. For instance, many New Jersey residents have been pulled over for something that is seemingly small, like the failure to wear a seatbelt or a broken taillight on their car. In most instances, the result is a small fine and not much else. Nonetheless, our readers may not know that small infractions like this commonly lead to much bigger problems for some drivers.

According to reports, in a recent case, a police officer observed a seatbelt infraction and an unsecured trunk on a vehicle, and the result was a drug crimes arrest. After the officer stopped the vehicle in question for the violations he observed, the reports indicate that it was discovered that the driver of the vehicle did not have a valid driver's license. It appears that this led the police officer to ask the driver to step out of his vehicle, at which time, the officer allegedly saw prescription drugs in the recently vacated driver's seat.

The driver was arrested because he could not prove that he had a valid prescription for the medication that was found, Xanax. But, it appears that this was just the beginning of the driver's problems. The reports also indicate that a subsequent search, either of the arrestee or the vehicle, allegedly uncovered heroin and other illegal drugs.

The driver, a 28-year-old New Jersey resident, is now facing drug possession charges. Fortunately for him, he was released without bond.

Source: The Progress, "Open car trunk leads to narcotics arrest," Aug. 1, 2014

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