FAIR LAWN, NJ - An officer who had a nose for trouble recovered a loaded handgun during a motor vehicle stop on Broadway yesterday.
On Sept. 30, just before 11 p.m., police stopped a 2019 Nissan Rogue on Broadway at 26th Street for "operating a vehicle while using a hand-held device."
While police were speaking to the driver, Raymond Severino, 24, of Paterson, an officer said he could smell the odor of raw marijuana inside the vehicle and ordered Severino from the vehicle for a search.
During that search, police found a plastic container with suspected marijuana residue, along with a Kel-Tec P-11 9mm handgun, loaded with five rounds and hidden inside a sock in the center console of the vehicle. Police arrested the man without incident.
Severino was charged with unlawful possession of a handgun, certain persons not to have weapons, possession of drug paraphernalia and operating while using a hand-held device, then took him Bergen County Jail.
The handgun will be sent for testing to see if it can be ballistically matched to other incidents, police said.
Chief Glen Cauwels stated all defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty.