SOMERVILLE, NJ –  Two men were charged with possession a handgun, hollow bullets and drug paraphernalia after a motor vehicle stop in Warren Township on Saturday,Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson, Somerset County Chief of County Detectives John W. Fodor and Warren Township Chief of Police William Keane announced on Thursday. 

Martin Harris, age 33, and David Carter, age 38, both of Columbus, Ohio were charged after Warren Township K9 “Onyx” and his handler Officer Brian Horst responded to a motor vehicle stop on I -78. Onyx conducted an exterior sniff of the vehicle and gave an indication of narcotics inside the vehicle, Robertson said.

A search conducted by Warren Township officers resulted in the seizure of a digital scale with white powder residue and a Smith & Wesson .380 caliber handgun that was loaded with hollow-point bullets, the release said.

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Prosecutor Robertson states that on Saturday, April 7, at approximately 1:45 p.m., while on Interstate 78, a Warren Township patrol unit initiated a motor vehicle stop on a 2007 Nissan Murano for motor vehicle violations.  As the officer approached the vehicle, occupied by three individuals, he detected an odor of burnt marijuana emanating from inside the SUV. In speaking with the occupants,  Carter who was driving the vehicle, Harris, the front seat passenger and a female passenger who was sitting in the rear seat revealed inconsistencies as to where they were traveling.

Harris was charged with unlawful possession of a handgun and possession of hollow point bullets.

Carter was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and was issued motor vehicle summonses for following too closely, careless driving and driving without a license.

Carter was released on his own recognizance and Harris was lodged in the Somerset County Jail pending a detention hearing.


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