Hackensack detectives found a Philadelphia couple carrying a stolen handgun and drugs during a traffic stop, authorities said.
Narcotics Squad Detectives Kley Peralta and Reuven Lyak stopped the 2015 Acura sedan at the intersection of River and Kansas streets for equipment violations shortly before 7:30 p.m. Monday, Detective Capt. Daniel DeWitt said.
The driver, Darinel Perez-Burgos, 28, “had a suspended driver's license and said he did not know who owned the car,” DeWitt said.
The passenger, 21-year-old dental assistant Jelayna Sevilla, “provided a suspended Delaware driver's license and said she has only known Perez-Burgos for a couple of months,” the captain said.
Bergen County Sheriff’s K-9 Cash, handled by Officer Jacob Moussavian, gave a positive indication to the presence of drugs in the car, the captain said.
A search turned up cocaine, Percoset – and a 9mm Ruger, loaded with 16 hollow-point bullets, that had been reported stolen out of Pennsylvania.
Perez-Burgos was sent to the Bergen County Jail to await a first appearance in Central Judicial Processing Court in Hackensack on drugs and weapons charges.
Sevilla was charged with drug and weapons offenses and released on a summons under New Jersey’s 2017 bail reform law.
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