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NJ State Police K-9 Penny assists in 2 traffic stops; 7 arrests

NEW JERSEY – New Jersey State Police K-9 Penny assisted troopers during two separate car stops on Interstate 80, which led to 7 arrests, the seizure of a handgun, drugs, and more than $33,550 cash.

On July 8, at 7:59 p.m., troopers from Netcong Station stopped Shawn Garner, 20, and Phillip Eady, 19, both of Cleveland, OH, Jamar Foster, 36, of Euclid, OH, and Tatareus Johnson, 30, of Garfield Heights, OH for a traffic violation eastbound on Interstate 80 at milepost 41 in Parsippany-Troy Township, Morris County, state police said.

During the stop, troopers discovered the occupants were in possession of marijuana and arrested them without incident, state police said.

During the investigation, troopers requested assistance from the State Police K-9 Unit. Staff Sergeant Eric Edelman and his K-9, Penny, responded to assist during the investigation, which led to an additional seizure of a .45 caliber handgun and more than $28,790 cash, state police said.

Garner, Eady, Foster, and Johnson, were charged with unlawful possession of a weapon, possession of a prohibited weapons and devices, money laundering, possession of marijuana, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Garner, Foster, and Johnson were also charged with certain persons not to possess a weapon. They were all lodged at Morris County Correctional Facility, state police said.

Later that night, troopers from Totowa Station stopped Jonathan Valerio, 28, and Jason Dominguez, 28, both of Allentown, PA, and Eve-Alice Compres, 23, of Lancaster, PA, for a traffic violation westbound on Interstate 80 at milepost 51.5 in Fairfield Township, Essex County. During the stop, troopers discovered marijuana in the vehicle and arrested the occupants, state police said.

Troopers requested assistance from the State Police K-9 Unit, and once again Penny was called upon to help during the investigation, which led to an additional seizure of prescription legend drugs and $4,769 cash, state police said.

Valerio, Dominguez, and Compres were charged with possession of marijuana and possession of prescription legend drugs. Dominguez was also charged with money laundering. They were released pending a court appearance, state 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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