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Two arrested on drug charges after Byram Twp. traffic stop

BYRAM TOWNSHIP, NJ (Sussex County) –  Two men are facing drug charges after they were arrested Saturday following a traffic stop.

Ralph Cortese Jr. of Blairstown Township was charged with loud exhaust, driving while suspended, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a hypodermic syringe.

Michael Hughes of Andover was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a hypodermic syringe.

At 2:09 p.m., an officer conducted a motor vehicle stop on Route 206 for an equipment violation, police said.

While officers were speaking with Hughes, who was a passenger, a crack pipe was observed inside the vehicle. He allegedly admitted the pipe was his and was placed under arrest, police said.

During a subsequent search of the vehicle, officers recovered several hypodermic syringes and a glass vial containing cocaine residue. Cortese, who was the driver, was then placed under arrest, police said.

Both were released with pending a court appearance.

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By: Jay Edwards Follow on Twitter | Like on Facebook