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.
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.