Mendham Township NJ police recently arrested a man after allegedly discovering an illegal weapon in the man’s vehicle.
A Mendham Township patrol officer stopped a car on Route 24. The officer reportedly observed that the vehicle had broken lights.
After pulling over the vehicle, the police officer approached the car and questioned the driver. At some point during questioning, the officer became “suspicious” of the suspect. According to police, there were “a number of indicators” that something was amiss.
Police determined that the driver had a loaded weapon inside the vehicle.
A subsequent search of the car allegedly turned up the handgun, as well as more than 100 rounds of ammunition.
Police then arrested the suspect without incident.
The suspect was taken to Mendham Township police headquarters. He has been charged with unlawful possession of a weapon.
If the suspect is convicted on the weapons charges, he could be subject to severe penalties. As set forth by N.J.S.A. 2C:39-5, anyone who knowingly has in their possession a handgun without first obtaining a permit can be charged with a third degree felony. A conviction on third degree handgun charges could result in a sentence of up to 5 years in New Jersey State Prison.
To learn more about this case, access the NJ.com article entitled “Loaded Gun, Ammo Found Inside Car During Traffic Stop, Mendham Township Cops Say.”