CRANFORD, NJ – Cranford police arrested and charged two suspects from Essex County with weapons-related offenses following a motor vehicle stop in which officers located a loaded .22 caliber USFA Zip Gun inside a vehicle.

Last Saturday, Officer Daniel Donnerstag conducted a motor vehicle stop of a 2007 Nissan in the area of Centennial Avenue and Wall Street, after observing multiple equipment violations on the vehicle.  While conducting an investigation at the scene, Donnerstag located the loaded gun in the car.

A passenger, Marod Wilcox, 23, of Newark was arrested on scene. During the course of a follow-up investigation the driver, Toynecher Jackson, 25, of East Orange was also charged in this incident.

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Jackson was charged with Unlawful Possession of a Weapon in the Second Degree, and issued motor vehicle summonses for driving while suspended, failure to maintain lamps, failure to exhibit documents, and having an open container of alcohol in a motor vehicle. Jackson is scheduled to appear in Union County Superior Court in February.

Wilcox was charged with Unlawful Possession of a Weapon in the Second Degree, and transported to the Union County Jail. Following an initial court appearance, Wilcox was released from custody.

Cranford Police Detectives are working with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms to trace the origins of the weapon.