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Flemington Police Seize Handguns, $6K Cash, in Recent Arrests

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FLEMINGTON, NJ – Four handguns are among the items seized by police here in recent unrelated motor vehicle stops and arrests.

Patrol Officer Greg Zytko stopped a vehicle being driven by a Malique Wright, of Chester Pa., on April 3 for multiple traffic and equipment violations, police said. When he and back Cpl. Louis Hribik saw suspected marijuana on the floor, they deployed K-9 Jax, who detected narcotics in the vehicle, police said. A search reveled marijuana, an unloaded 9mm handgun and a gun magazine containing 11 cartridges, according to police. Wright was arrested and charged with unlawful possession of a handgun, possession of less than 50 grams of marijuana, possession of a firearm for an unlawful purpose, along with traffic summonses. Wright was then transferred to the Hunterdon County Justice Center.

Patrol Officer Greg Zytko was on patrol April 25 and saw a vehicle on the Route 202-31 circle with many equipment violations as well as traffic violations, police said, and he stopped it in the nearby Affinity Credit Union parking lot. Police said he and backup Patrol Officer Corey Garrabrant smelled the odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle and that a vial containing a marijuana cigarette was visible after driver Demetrius Smith, of South Carolina, was asked to step out of the vehicle. When asked if he had any additional marijuana in the vehicle, police said Smith told them that he had a handgun in the glove box.

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According to police, the officers recovered a .22 caliber handgun and when K-9 Jax was deployed and gave a positive indication of narcotics in the vehicle, they found additional marijuana which was packaged for sale, marijuana paraphernalia, empty packaging material and $6,200 in cash.

Smith was charged with distribution of marijuana, possession of a handgun while committing a drug crime, unlawful possession of a handgun, possession of firearm for unlawful purpose, possession of marijuana, and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was lodged in the Hunterdon County Justice Center to await his first appearance. Passenger Latanya Smith was charged with possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia, and then released.

Patrol Officer Daniel Lookner arrested Zachary Kelly, of Georgia, on June 6 and charged him with possession of a handgun with unlawful purpose, possession of hollow point ammunition and possession of a weapon. According to police, Lookner stopped Kelly for an equipment violation while patrolling Route 31, and saw a box of ammunition in the glove box while Kelly was looking for his documents. Although police said Kelly initially denied having a gun, he later admitted that he had a concealed handgun, and Lookner retrieved a .38 caliber handgun from Kelly’s waistband.

A search revealed two large knives, a case for the handgun and drug paraphernalia, police report. Kelly was released with a summons pending a court date.

Rea Neal, of Delaware, was arrested by Patrol Officer Greg Zytko June 17 after he stopped her vehicle for a moving and equipment violation, police said. When he approached the vehicle, Zytko saw an open container of alcohol in the cup holder, smelled the odor of burnt marijuana, and saw an empty child seat in the vehicle, according to police. After being asked to step out of the vehicle and while being questioned, police said Neal admitted having a handgun in the vehicle’s center console and that her child was asleep on the back seat. Zytko secured the 9 mm handgun loaded with seven rounds and a search revealed loose marijuana in a pill container, drug paraphernalia, an open container of alcohol, additional cartridges for the handgun, a bullet proof vest, and spray to cover up the smell of marijuana, police said.

Neal was charged with unlawful possession of a handgun, possession of less than 50 grams of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession and consumption of alcohol in a motor vehicle, abuse or neglect to a child and issued traffic summonses. Neal was lodged in the Hunterdon County Justice Center to await her first appearance. The child was released to a family member.

Police said that although Neal told them that she works for a security company in Delaware, she cannot legally possess the weapon outside that state.

 

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