Warrant Arrest Leads to Marijuana Discovery
Fairfield (NJ) On October 10, 2013, at approximately 3:12 P.M., Officer Thomas Myers was monitoring traffic on Fairfield Road. He then conducted a random license plate inquiry of a 2003 Jaguar that passed his location. The results of the inquiry indicated that the driver’s license for the registered owner was suspended and that the driver was also wanted by the Passaic County Sheriff’s Department.
The officer then initiated a traffic stop of the vehicle and determined that the driver, identified as Francisco Veras (32) of Paterson, N.J., was in fact the registered owner. Veras was placed under arrest without incident. Investigation of the front seat passenger, identified as Erik Banks (33) of Paterson, N.J. revealed that he had an active arrest warrant issued by the Elmwood Park Municipal Court. He was placed under arrest without incident.
It is alleged that while processing Banks, officers discovered a grinder which allegedly contained suspected marijuana. Banks was charged with possession of less than 50 grams of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was given an initial court appearance date of October 17, 2013 in the Fairfield Municipal Court. He was eventually turned over to the custody of the Elmwood Park Police Department.
Veras was charged with driving while suspended, having a suspended registration, failure to produce a valid insurance card and uninsured vehicle. He was eventually turned over to the custody of the Passaic County Sheriff’s Department. (It should be noted that the charges against both are merely allegations and that both are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law)
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