A Haledon police officer found a Passaic driver who ran a red light toting three-quarters of a pound of pot and $6,167 in suspected drug proceeds, authorities said Thursday.
Oficer Jeffrey Welsh stopped the red Acura sedan, red in color with Pennsylvania license plates after the driver ran the light at the intersection of Burhans Avenue and West Broadway shortly before 10 p.m. Wednesday, Lt. George Guzman said.
Welsh and backup Sgt. Timothy Lindberg noticed a strong odor of raw marijuana coming from the car, Guzman said.
A search turned up 11.7 ounces of marijuana, packaging bags and the cash, he said.The driver, Jamie Martinez, 28, was charged with drug offenses and released pending a first appearance in Central Judicial Processing Court in Paterson.
"Let's be clear: Despite the ongoing pandemic, the Haledon Police Department will continue to pursue violators of the law in our committed quest to preserve quality of life and keep Haledon safe," Police Chief Angelo J. Daniele said.
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