CRANFORD - On July 14, 2018 at 9:52 p.m., Patrolman Brian Trotter stopped a 2001 Mercedes Benz on Raritan Road near the intersection of Coleman Avenue when he observed a seatbelt and brake lamp violation. After an investigation on scene, Patrolman Trotter located a loaded handgun in the rear passenger-side seat pocket of the vehicle.

The firearm, loaded with hollow-point ammunition, was later discovered to be stolen from Georgia. All five occupants were arrested and charged with Unlawful Possession of a Weapon, Possession of Hollow-Point Ammunition, and Receiving Stolen Property.

The three adults: Abdul Simmons, 23, Irvington; Natez Winston, 20, Hillside; and Darrian Winston, 25, Hillside were all processed and remanded to the Union County Jail pending a Superior Court appearance date. The two juveniles in the vehicle were processed and released to their family.

Chief Ryan Greco stated, "This was a dangerous situation and I'm proud of the way our officers conducted themselves." There's no doubt that we prevented a crime from occurring and we were successful in removing another firearm from the streets," Greco added.