WAYNE, NJ – In the early morning hours on October 12, Passaic County Sheriff Officer Mathew Baskinger arrested two individuals during a traffic stop after finding methamphetamines and marijuana.

According to a statement released by the Passaic County Sheriff Richard Berdnik, while traveling southbound on Route 23 in Wayne, Baskinger pulled over a two-door gray El Camino with New York plates for “failing to maintain right.” This is police-talk for not moving out of the fast lane.

Baskinger smelled “raw marijuana odor” emanating from the vehicle and conducted a search of the vehicle and the driver and passenger.

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During the search, Officer Baskinger discovered a small amount of marijuana (under 50 grams) in the car near the passenger seat where Bernard Homfield of Belmar, NJ was seated. He also found what was suspected to be methamphetamine in a plastic Ziploc bag inside the driver’s purse. 

The driver, Grace Michaelides of Staten Island, NY was arrested for possession of a controlled dangerous substance (methamphetamines) and Homfield was arrested for possession of a controlled, dangerous substance (marijuana – under 50 grams).

Upon completion of processing, both subjects were arrested and later were released on their own recognizance without incident.

Both individuals are considered innocent until found guilty in a court of law.