2 arrested following traffic stop in Lopatcong Township
LOPATCONG TOWNSHIP, NJ (Warren County) – Two men were arrested following a traffic stop Saturday night in Lopatcong Township.
On October 3, at around 11:22 p.m., an officer observed a vehicle to have a headlight out, as well as traveling approximately 20 mph in a 50 mph zone on Route 57. The officer then stopped the vehicle on Strykers Road near Route 57, police said.
Upon stopping the vehicle, the driver was identified as Leibniz Taveras, of New York City and the front seat passenger was identified as Wassia Ahmad of New Bedford, MA. While speaking with the occupants, the officer allegedly detected the odor of raw marijuana emanating from the vehicle, police said.
Ahmad was allegedly found in possession of approximately 70 grams of raw marijuana and 7 Oxycodone pills without a prescription. He also had $1,197.00 in cash on his person, believed to be from drug proceeds and was taken into custody, police said.
Taveras was found to have an active Phillipsburg Municipal Court criminal warrant for $200.00, and was taken into custody, police said.
Taveras was unable to post bail and was subsequently released on his own recognizance with a new Phillipsburg Municipal Court date. Taveras was also cited for several traffic violations, police said.
Ahmad was charged with possession of over 50 grams of marijuana, possession of marijuana with Intent to distribute, possession of prescription legend drugs and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was released on his own recognizance pending a court appearance, police said.