Haworth Officer Finds Six Ounces Of Pot, Arrests Driver In Routine Stop

HAWORTH, N.J. -- A Haworth police officer making a routine traffic stop busted the driver for carrying six ounces of pot, authorities said Thursday.

Matthew Rigert

Matthew Rigert

Photo Credit: COURTESY: Haworth PD

Officer Andrew Soltes pulled the vehicle over on Madison Avenue just before midnight Wednesday when the driver, 25-year-old Matthew Rigert of Long Island, failed to use a turn signal, Detective Sgt. Justin Fox told Daily Voice.

The car also had equipment violations, Fox said.

Soltes smelled raw marijuana after approaching the car, the sergeant said.

A search turned up pot in the center console, as well as vacuum-sealed bags in the trunk, he said.

Rigert, of Deer Park, was issued a court summons charging him with two marijuana possession offenses -- one with the intent to distribute -- and a possession of drug paraphernalia count.

He also received five motor vehicle summonses before being released pending a court date.

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