Bayonne traffic stop leads to recovery of stolen handgun, 74 ecstacy pills, $800 cash

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A traffic stop in Bayonne led to the recovery of a stolen handgun, 74 ecstacy pills, over $800 cash, and two digital scales that contained cocaine residue, police said.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

Daniel Benitez, 34, of Jersey City, has been charged with possession of a controlled dangerous substance (ecstacy), possession of CDS with intent to distribute,
possession of CDS with intent to distribute within 1,000 feet of a school, possession of CDS with intent to distribute within 500 feet of a public park, possession of narcotic paraphernalia with intent to distribute, possession of a firearm for an unlawful purpose, unlawful possession of a firearm, receiving stolen property, and certain persons not to possess weapons, according to Police Capt. Eric Amato.

Benitez was taken into custody last night around 11:02 p.m. from the area of 32nd Street and Route 440 South.

After officers observed a vehicle, later determined to be operated by Benitez, violate several motor vehicle laws, a motor vehicle stop was conducted in the area of 32nd Street and Route 440 South.

The on-scene investigation led to the recovery of narcotic paraphernalia used to distribute CDS, approximately 74 pills of MDMA (ecstasy), two digital scales containing cocaine residue, a fully loaded .22 caliber revolver which was later determined to be stolen, and
over $800 in suspected proceeds of narcotic sales.

During the arrest process, it was learned that Benitez was classified as a certain person to not possess weapons, authorities said.