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Lopatcong police seize machete, marijuana during traffic stop

LOPATCONG TOWNSHIP, NJ (Warren County) — A traffic stop in Lopatcong Township leads to drug and weapon charges against a Pennsylvania woman.

On June 15, at around 1:41 a.m., an officer stopped a vehicle on Route 57 near Strykers Road after the officer observed the vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed, police said.

Upon stopping the vehicle, the driver was identified as Danielle L. Saunders, 27, of Easton, and while speaking with her, the officer detected the odor of raw marijuana emanating from the vehicle, police said.

The officer observed a suspected marijuana cigarette on the floor of the vehicle in plain view and a search of the vehicle revealed an 18-inch machete. She was also found to have a small plastic bag containing raw marijuana on her person, police said.

Saunders was charged with possession of a prohibited weapon and possession of less than 50 grams of marijuana. She was released pending a court appearance, police said.

Jay Edwards

Born and raised in Northwest NJ, Jay has a degree in Communications and has had a life-long interest in local radio and various styles of music. Jay has held numerous jobs over the years such as stunt car driver, bartender, voice-over artist, traffic reporter (award winning), NY Yankee maintenance crewmember and peanut farm worker. His hobbies include mountain climbing, snowmobiling, cooking, performing stand-up comedy and he is an avid squirrel watcher. Jay has been a guest on America’s Morning Headquarters,program on The Weather Channel, and was interviewed by Sam Champion.

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