Thursday, February 22, 2018

Narcotics, Cash and a Gun Seized during Route 46 Traffic Stop

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Vincent Weaver (23) of Fort Wayne, Indiana for the unlawful possession of a handgun, possession of a handgun by a convicted felon, possession of hollow point bullets, possession of less than 50 grams of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia on December 31, 2017.

On that date, at approximately 2:07 A.M., Officer Jayson Sickles was on patrol on Route 46 East when he allegedly observed a 2017 Toyota, with North Carolina plates, also traveling east at a speed of 67 M.P.H. in a posted 50 M.P.H zone. The vehicle was then stopped and found to be operated by Weaver with several other passengers in the car.

As the officer was speaking with Weaver, it is alleged that he immediately detected a pungent odor of raw marijuana coming from within the vehicle. In addition, one of the passengers was allegedly holding an open Coors beer can. Additional officers to include Sergeant Christopher Niemiec, Officer Stacy Chiarolanza and Officer Steven Ptaszynski all arrived on the scene. Weaver was asked to exit the vehicle and allegedly told the officer that he did not have a valid driver’s license and that there was also a small amount of marijuana in the vehicle that belong to him for his personal use.

A computer check on Weaver allegedly revealed that he was a wanted person in the State of Indiana and that he should be considered armed and dangerous as he was suspected of possessing a handgun. At this time the officers had the other occupants of the vehicle, which they initially believed to be four people, exit the vehicle. It was at this time that the officers discovered a fifth person secreted in the vehicle’s trunk. He was also requested to exit the vehicle.

As the investigation continued it is alleged that the officers recovered a plastic bag containing suspected marijuana and over $2900 in cash from the center console. They allegedly also found a loaded .45 caliber Colt Defender semi-automatic handgun in the trunk, as well as a digital scale. The gun contained four prohibited hollow point bullets and was also determined to have been stolen in Indiana in September 2017. It is alleged that Weaver admitted to officers that both the marijuana and handgun were his. He was then placed under arrest and transported to police headquarters. The vehicle was impounded and all other occupants were transported to police headquarters for further investigation.

At headquarters, it is alleged that Weaver again admitted that the items of contraband belonged to him. Weaver allegedly also told officers that he and the passengers of the car were on their way to Times Square in New York City and that his purpose of having the gun was to shoot it off at that location when the ball dropped.

It was determined that the other occupants of the vehicle had no culpability with either the marijuana or the gun so all were released from custody. Weaver was eventually transported to the Essex County Correctional Facility in Newark pending his initial court proceedings in the Superior Court.

“This is the second handgun that Officer Sickles has recovered in less than a week. These arrests show how prevalent illegal handgun possession is in our state” said Chief Anthony G. Manna. “These individuals were transient through New Jersey but both did not adhere to either Federal or state laws regarding their possession and will now have to face justice for doing so” said the chief.

On December 26, 2017, Officer Sickles stopped a 2007 Honda for a motor vehicle violation on Route 80. The driver, Francisco Porras of Texas, was found to be in possession of handgun loaded with hollow point bullets.

(It should be noted that the charges against both men are merely allegations and that both are presumed innocent until they either plead guilty or are found guilty in a court of law)





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