A Weehawken man was busted with approximately a pound of weed and $1,600 cash after police caught him running a stop sign in Hoboken, authorities said.
Trevor Vaughn, 39, of Weehawken, was charged with possession of a controlled dangerous substance (marijuana), possession with intent to distribute within 500 feet of public housing, possession with intent to distribute within 1,000 feet of a school zone, manufacturing, distributing marijuana, possession of a CDS, failure to make a lawful disposition, possession of CDS paraphernalia, failure to stop, operating an unregistered vehicle, possession of CDS in a motor vehicle, according to Det. Lt. Edgardo Cruz.
Yesterday around 5:46 p.m., while officers were patrolling the area of 2nd and Jackson Streets, they observed a 2016 GMC fail to stop at a stop sign. Dispatch advised the officers the driver’s vehicle registration had expired several months ago, police said.
A motor vehicle stop was initiated on the 400 block of Jackson Street. The officers approached the vehicle and requested the driver’s credentials.
While outside the vehicle, Officer Michael Straten was able to detect a strong odor of burnt and raw marijuana coming from inside the vehicle. He was also able to observe, in plain sight, a brown cigar inside a cup believed to be marijuana.
The driver was asked to step outside the vehicle. Once outside, Straten then also observed a clear plastic sandwich bag filled with green vegetation, which also appeared to be marijuana, officials said.
Vaughn was placed under arrest and a search of the driver and vehicle was conducted. The driver was found to have $69 cash while the vehicle was found to have marijuana throughout, along with paraphernalia and over $1,600 cash, authorities said.
A total of 500 grams of marijuana were seized from the defendant with a street value of approximately $1,000/ The driver was transported to headquarters for processing and later received a summons to appear in court, police said.