WAYNE, NJ – What began as a routine traffic stop in the early morning hours of October 21, led to the discovery of a .22 caliber revolver loaded with hollow point bullets, as well as marijuana and drug paraphernalia.
According to Wayne Police Detective Captain Dan Daly, a Wayne police patrol officer pulled over a 2001 Jeep because one of its brake lights was out. Driving was Jennifer Luperti of Stockholm and in the passenger seat was Jason George of Woodland Park. When the officer informed the two of the brake light, George made the mistake of asking to exit the vehicle to see for himself. This was when the officer observed what he believed to be “flakes of marijuana on the passenger door.”
“When the officer pointed out his observation, Mr. George admitted to smoking marijuana and produced a small quantity of it and a pipe from his pocket,” said Daly. “A backup officer arrived and the driver, Jennifer Luperti, was ordered to exit the vehicle.”
The initial patrol officer then conducted a search of the car and found a partially smoked marijuana cigarette as well as the .22 caliber revolver.
“Neither Mr. George nor Ms. Luperti admitted to knowledge of nor control over the handgun,” said Daly. “Both were placed under arrest.”
While searching Luperti’s purse, the second officer found another pipe containing marijuana residue.
According to Daly, Luperti was charged with Illegal Possession of a Handgun, Illegal Possession of Hollow Point Ammunition and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. George was charged with Illegal Possession of a Handgun, Illegal Possession of Hollow Point Ammunition, Possession of Marijuana and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
George was found to have previous criminal convictions, and this led to an additional charge of being a Certain Person Not to Have Weapons.
According to the NJ Code of Criminial Justice 2C:39-7: “…any person, having been convicted in this State or elsewhere of the crime of aggravated assault, arson, burglary, escape, extortion, homicide, kidnapping, robbery, aggravated sexual assault, sexual assault, bias intimidation, or endangering the welfare of a child
George and Luperti were charged on complaint warrants and transported to Passaic County Jail in accordance with bail reform guidelines. The charges are merely accusations and they are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.