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Kenilworth Traffic Stop Leads to Gun, Drug Charges


A Maryland man is facing drug and firearm charges after a traffic stop by Kenilworth police last week.

According to authorities, on Apr. 26th Kenilworth Police arrested a man after he was found to be in possession of a Glock 17 handgun during a motor vehicle stop.

Officials said Officer Travis Dilts stopped a Nissan for a headlight equipment violation in the area of Galloping Hill Road and the Garden State Parkway.

During the stop Officer Dilts initiated a narcotics investigation following the emanating odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle. Inside the vehicle, Officer Dilts located a Glock 17 handgun with 15 rounds of hollow point bullets and marijuana.

Authorities said the handgun and marijuana belonged to a passenger Malik

Johnson, 21, of Brandywine, Maryland. Police charged Johnson with Unlawful Possession of a Weapon, Possession of Hollow Point Bullets, Possession of Marijuana under 50 grams, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

The driver Zaire Scott was issued a summons for the equipment violation.

After processing, Johnson was transported to the Union County Jail where he was lodged until his detention hearing.