NUTLEY, NJ - A routine traffic stop for a broken headlight ended with a Belleville motorist and his Nutley passenger facing drug charges, motor vehicle violations, and court dates.
Officers from the Nutley Police Department made a routine traffic stop for a broken headlight on Harrison St. last Saturday. The stop led to additional charges for both the driver and passenger.
Robert Smith, 22, of Belleville, and passenger Eugene Watson, 24, of Nutley, were transported from the scene of the stop to police headquarters on Chestnut St. They were charged with Possession of constrolled dangerous substances (CDS), Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, printed, and processed.
Smith, the driver, was issued motor vehicle summonses for maintenance of lamps, improper display/unclear plates, and possession of CDS in a motor vehicle. After being given a court date, he was released from custody.
Watson, the passenger, was found to have three active warrants ouf of Belleville, Little Falls, and Newark. Each of those jurisdictions were contacted, and he was assigned new cout dates. He was then released on his own recognizance.