HACKETTSTOWN, NJ (Warren County) – A traffic stop led to the arrest of two Pennsylvania residents on drug charges, police said.
Monica Cardona, 22, of Bensalem was charged with possession of under 50 grams of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, maintenance of lamps, failure to stop at stop sign, possession of CDS in a motor vehicle, and failure to exhibit insurance card.
Christopher Cerrato, 23, of Allentown was charged with third-degree possession of Clonazepam and Alprazolam pills, third-degree possession of Ecstasy, possession of under 50 grams of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, fourth-degree possession of Clonazepam and Alprazolam without being obtained from a practitioner, and possession of Clonazepam and Alprazolam pills not in their original containers.
At around 9:28 p.m., on Aug. 20, a Hackettstown police officer initiated a traffic stop with a vehicle on Ashley Ave for a moving violation, police said.
While the officer was talking to the driver, who was identified as Cardona, the officer allegedly detected the odor of marijuana coming from inside the vehicle, police said.
Through an investigation it was determined that Cardona allegedly had in her possession a bag containing suspected marijuana cigar roaches, and a bag containing suspected marijuana, police said.
A passenger in the vehicle, who was identified as Cerrato, allegedly had in his possession six Clonazepam pills, 1 ½ Alprazolam pills, an Ecstasy tablet, a plastic container with suspected marijuana, and several packages of rolling papers, police said.
Cardona was released pending a court appearance and Cerrato was lodged in the Warren County Correctional Facility.