FAIRFIELD, NJ — In addition to a criminal charge of possession of less than 50 grams of marijuana, Mecheal Leslie was also charged last week with avoiding a traffic control device, failing to maintain lamps and possession of a controlled dangerous substance in a motor vehicle, according to Fairfield police.

At approximately 9:01 a.m. on June 21, Fairfield Police Officer Frank Tracy said he observed a 2012 Jeep avoiding a traffic control device, prohibiting U-turns, on Plymouth St. in Fairfield. Police said the Jeep used a private parking lot to accomplish the turn and the vehicle, found to be operated by Leslie, was then stopped.

As the officer approached the vehicle, police said that he immediately detected a pungent odor of raw marijuana coming from within the vehicle. According to the Fairfield Police Department, a subsequent investigation revealed a plastic bag with suspected marijuana in Leslie’s pocket.

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Leslie was place under arrest without incident and was eventually released on his own recognizance pending court action.

It should also be noted that all charges against Leslie are merely allegations and that he is presumed innocent unless he pleads guilty or is found guilty in a court of law.