LINDEN – A police officer arrested a 25-year-old Linden man early Monday morning upon discovering a handgun in the car after making a traffic stop, authorities said.
Jesse L. Louis was charged with unlawful possession of a handgun, possession of hollow-point ammunition, possession of narcotics paraphernalia, possession of marijuana and possession of controlled substance in a motor vehicle as well as speeding and failure to use a directional signal. He was taken to Union County Jail and bail was set at $28,000 cash.
Officer Javier Perez was patrolling East St. Georges Avenue when he spotted a black Honda being driven at a high rate of speed at 12:39 a.m. on May 7. After stopping the car on the 700 block of Carnegie Street, Perez smelled an odor he believed to be marijuana coming from the car driven by Louis.
Perez searched the vehicle for the source of the odor and found a .380 caliber handgun loaded with six rounds in a blue gym bag wedged at the center console, according to police. He also recovered a pill bottle with four plastic bags that are commonly used to package narcotics, according to police.
A later search of Louis found a concealed bag of marijuana that had been hidden in his sock, police said.
The charges against Louis are merely accusations; he is presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in court.
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