Guttenberg man, 18, gave cops fake name when caught with loaded handgun


An 18-year-old Guttenberg man gave police officers a bad name when he was caught with a loaded handgun yesterday morning, authorities said.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

Miguel A. Palma, 18, of Guttenberg, was charged with unlawful possession of a weapon, possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, the possession of a firearm by a minor (under 21 years of age), possession of a controlled dangerous substance, and possession of prescription legend drugs, police said.

On July 5th at 11:30 a.m., members of the Guttenberg Police Department’s Patrol Division and Criminal Investigations Bureau located and apprehended Palma, who was wanted for an active warrant issued during the course of a recent theft investigation.

During their on-scene investigation, officers and detectives located a loaded handgun inside of Palma’s handbag, chambered for 9mm ammunition. He was then transported to the Guttenberg Police Department for his arrest processing.

Upon the completion of his arrest processing, Palma was issued both of his complaint warrants and then lodged in the Hudson County Correctional Center.

“I want to take a moment to highlight the efforts of some of our officers and detectives, who continuously strive to ensure that the residents of the Town of Guttenberg are safe from individuals who seek to victimize and subject our community to violence,” Deputy Chief Frank Pelaez said in a statement.

“To our residents, rest assured that the Guttenberg Police Department will continue to prioritize your safety and the safety of our community.”

If anyone has any information pertaining to this incident, they are encouraged to contact the Guttenberg Police Department at 201-868-3300 or email Lt. Aleksandar Ramadanovic at or Det. Sgt. Marcin Rysiec at

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