FAIRFIELD, NJ — During a traffic stop on Route 46 west, a 36-year-old man from Littlefield, TX, was arrested for for unlawful possession of a weapon and possession of hollow point bullets.

Fairfield Officer Jayson Sickles was on patrol in the area when he observed a pickup truck that had an inoperative taillight. When vehicle was stopped, the driver, identified as Francisco Porras was uncooperative in handing over his driving credentials, according to police.

He then informed the officer that he only possessed a Texas identification card and did not have the other credentials with him. According to police, he further stated that he was allowed to operate the vehicle because he was helping his wife.

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Further investigation resulted in the recovery of a H & R .32 caliber handgun, which was loaded with three hollow point bullets and three full metal-jacketed bullets, from the vehicle’s glove compartment, according to police.

Porras was immediately placed under arrest and transported to police headquarters. In addition to the criminal charges, Porras was also issued traffic summonses for being an unlicensed driver and for failing to maintain lamps.

Police noted that the charges against Porras are merely allegations and that he is presumed innocent until he either pleads guilty or is found guilty in a court of law.