EDISON, NJ — Police have arrested three people and seized several pounds of marijuana, almost $9,000 in cash and a large amount of drug paraphernalia in two separate motor vehicle stops this week.

Early Wednesday, police arrested Allen G. Keyes Jr., 32, of Highland Park, and Alexander J. Stone, 33, of Franklin (Somerset County), a passenger in Keyes’ vehicle, according to a press release from the Edison Police Department.

Both men face marijuana and drug paraphernalia possession charges and charges of intent to distribute.

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Those arrests came after Officer Michael Geist observed that Keyes did not use signals while turning from Player Avenue onto Route 1. Geist stopped the black BMW at 1:20 a.m. on the Morris Goodkind Bridge, police said.

Officers said they detected a marijuana odor inside the BMW and proceeded to search the car and its occupants – Keyes and Stone. Police said they found $1,619 in Stone’s pocket and a duffel bag inside the car containing nearly three pounds of marijuana, a jar and a plastic bottle containing more marijuana, hundreds of plastic baggies and labels and three digital scales.

Keyes and Stone were charged and released on summonses to appear in New Brunswick Municipal Court on Thursday, Dec. 5.

Shortly after midnight on Sunday, two patrolmen with the Street Crimes Unit noticed a man sitting inside a Honda Accord, parked for a long time in a Cortlandt Street lot outside the Quality
Inn and Akbar Restaurant.

Officers James Whelan and Matthew Mieczkowski ended up arresting Christopher Randy Acosta, 31, of the Colonia section of Woodbridge, after they allegedly found an open cognac bottle and $2,237 in his pockets. They also found $5,000 in a bag along with 12-ounces of marijuana, 10 prescription pills and nine cannabis oil vape cartridges in his car.

Acosta is being held at the Middlesex County jail on a series of drug-related charges.