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Denville Drug Busts Start with Traffic Stops

Credits: Rex Medlen

DENVILLE, NJ – Motor vehicle stops on local roads led to a spate of drug arrests recently by Denville police including four people in one day.

That day was Feb. 20, when Denville police said they stopped a vehicle, traveling west on Route 46, for motor vehicle violations. They said the vehicle, being driven by Timothy Garcia-Lyons, 20, of Dover, was stopped near The Shoppes at Union Hill.

“During the course of the traffic stop, it was discovered that the occupants of the vehicle were in possession of under 50 grams of marijuana and drug paraphernalia,” police said in a statement. They said they also discovered that Garcia-Lyons’ driver’s license had been suspended.

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Police said they arrested Garcia-Lyons along with passengers Amanda Wink, 20, of Parsippany, Levon Mabee, 19, of Mount Arlington and a juvenile. Charges listed by police, who did not specify which person was charged with which offense, included possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, obstruction of view, unlicensed driving, driving while driving privileges are suspended and operation of a motor vehicle while in possession of drugs.

Two days earlier, a traffic stop on Route 10 east for an equipment violation led police to charge driver Zachary Martindell, 25, of Hopatcong, with possession of drug paraphernalia and improper display of license plates, they said.

The same day, Ozkan Cengiz, 40, of Butler, was stopped on Franklin Road for speeding, police said. During the stop - in the Charlie Browns restaurant parking lot - police found less than 50 grams of marijuana and drug paraphernalia, they said. They said they also found that Cengiz’s driver’s license was suspended and charged him with drug and paraphernalia possession, careless driving, driving while suspended and operation of a motor vehicle while in possession of drugs.

On Feb. 17, a 36-year-old Stockton, Calif. woman, named Kristin Marie Goodliffe, was pulled over on Route 46 for an equipment violation, police said. After being stopped, in the Burger King parking lot, Goodliffe was found to be in possession of less than 50 grams of marijuana and drug paraphernalia, police said.

They also said she was operating an unregistered vehicle and had an expired driver’s license. Charges against Goodliffe included possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia, failure to maintain lights, being an unlicensed driver, having an unregistered vehicle, driving with obstructed view, failing to show vehicle registration and insurance documents and operating a vehicle while possessing drugs, police said.

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