Police: Cincinnati couple busted with two loaded handguns during Secaucus traffic stop


A Cincinnati couple was busted with two loaded handguns during a Secaucus traffic stop last night, Police Chief Dennis Miller said.

Jeffrey Reynolds and Malena Kennerly. Photos via the Secaucus Police Department.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

Last night at 7:54 p.m., Secaucus Police Officer Michael Borrelli conducted a motor
vehicle stop on Route 3 East for a car that was missing a driver’s side mirror, Miller said in a statement.

While conducting the motor vehicle stop, the officer detecting the odor of marijuana emanating from the passenger compartment of the vehicle and observed the passenger with suspected marijuana protruding out of his front pants pocket.

The driver, Malena Kennerly and sole passenger, Jeffrey Reynolds both exited the vehicle, while a search of the passenger compartment was undertaken, pursuant to existing state law.

Borrelli located some suspected marijuana, drug paraphernalia, a machete and large knife within the vehicle.

Additionally, he located a High Point 9mm semi-automatic handgun in Kennerly’s purse that was loaded with hollow point ammunition.

While placing the duo under arrest with the assistance of Police Officer Justin Pardo, Jeffrey Reynolds was found in possession of a loaded Glock 36, .45 caliber handgun that was stolen from Ohio.

“I applaud and fully support my officers proactive police efforts in keeping the Secaucus community safe. I am especially proud that these two armed individuals were taken
into custody for their crimes by the officers without resorting to any use of force,” Miller said.

Kennerly, 35 and Reynolds, 32, both of Cincinnati, Ohio, were each charged with
unlawful possession of a handgun and possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose.

Kennerly was also charged with possession of hollow point ammunition and two counts of unlawful possession of weapons. Additionally, Reynolds was also charged with receiving stolen property, possession of marijuana, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Both were lodged in the Hudson County Correctional Facility.

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