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Police: P-G Man Had One Pound of Pot in his Benz

Endri Zenelaj Credits: Somerset County Prosecutor's Office

SOMERVILLE NJ - The Somerset County Prosecutor's Office Narcotics Task Force has arrested a Peapack-Gladstone man, and charged him with possession with intent to distribute one pound of marijuana, according to Prosecutor Michael H. Roberston.  Endri Zenelaj, 23, was charged with two offenses after a Task Force investigation, the prosecutor's office said.

According to Robertson, the Task Force received information that on March 9, an individual known as "Endri" would be driving a black Mercedes-Benz in the area of the Far Hills Fairgrounds, and that he would be in possession of "a quantity of marijuana."

At approximately 4 p.m. a surveillance team observed a black Mercedes-Benz in the area, the prosecutor's office said. After conducting a stop of the car, Task Force members approached Zenelaj and advised him of the ongoing investigation, according to the prosecutor's office. The Task Force was assisted by the Bound Brook Police Department canine officer "Crusader."

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Crusader conducted an exterior sniff of the Mercedes and gave a positive indication for the presence of narcotics inside the car, according to the prosecutor's office. The Task Force obtained a search warrant for the car. Acting on the warrant, the officers searched the car, and allegedly found over one pound of marijuana inside the trunk, the prosecutor's office said. The officers reportedly seized the marijuana as evidence.

The Task Force then obtained a second search warrant for Zenelaj's Peapack-Gladtone residence.  Members of the Task Force, wth the assistance of the Far Hills and Peapack-Gladstone Police departments, searched the residence and allegedly seized approximately two additional ounces of marijuana and a digital scale, according to the prosecutor's office.

Authorities arrested Zenelaj and charged him with third degree possession with intent to distribute a controlled dangerous substance, and possession of drug paraphernalia, a disorderly persons offense.  Authorities estimate that the marijuana seized has a street value of $5,000.  

Zenelaj was arrested on his own recognizance, according to the prosecutor's office.

EDITOR'S NOTE:  The charges are merely an accusation.  The defendant is presume innocent until proven guilty.

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