Police: Man busted with loaded handgun, weed, steroids outside Holland Tunnel


A North Carolina man was busted with a loaded handgun, marijuana, anabolic steroids and syringes outside the Holland Tunnel in Jersey City yesterday, police said. 

Matthew Johns. Photo courtesy of Port Authority police.
Matthew Johns. Photo courtesy of Port Authority police.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

Matthew Johns, 27, of Hampstead, North Carolina, was charged with possession of a weapon for unlawful purposes, unlawful Possession of a handgun and possession/use of prescribed medications without a prescription, according to Port Authority police spokesman Joe Pentangelo.

At about 2:30 p.m. yesterday, Port Authority police saw the suspect driving a 2005 white Dodge Ram pickup truck with North Carolina plates towing a trailer behind it at the Jersey City entrance to the Holland Tunnel.

Since pull trailers are not allowed, Port Authority police pulled the man over and informed him that he would have to use an alternative route. At that point, the officer noticed the butt of a pistol in a holster located next to the driver’s seat, authorities said.

The pistol, a loaded Springfield 45 caliber XD-45, was removed and unloaded before Johns was placed under arrest, officials said.

Also inside the Dodge, police recovered syringes, needles, cigarettes containing suspected marijuana, THC wax, hashish and anabolic steroids. As a result, the vehicle was impounded, police said.

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  1. How the *BEEP* did this get all the way from North Carolina to New York City?? With that much party supplies and a trailer full of fun, I would be driving like a snake on skis by the time I got halfway up! “Your honor, my client has showed full constraint in not getting high on his own supply, and he didn’t even shoot out not one countryside highway sign like we KNOW we all do when nobody’s looking hee hee” “Judgement for the defendant, innocent by reason of extreme responsibility!” Someone make this man the head of New York’s schools! He’ll solve the shooter problem Trump-style and maybe our athletes will be able to compete with his steroids!