Traffic Stop Leads to Multiple Drug Charges

On Thursday, April 9, at approximately 5:50 pm, Patrolman Harry Bugal stopped a 1996 Nissan Maxima operated by Cannon Wagner, age 18, of Phillipsburg, on Route 22 near Petticoat Lane for a view obstruction. During the stop, Ptl. Bugal detected the odor of burnt marijuana inside of the vehicle, observed that Mr. Wagner appeared to be under the influence of a controlled dangerous substance, and also observed that a child was in the vehicle. Ptl. Bugal also learned that passenger Salil Naimo, age 25, of Bloomsbury, had a local warrant for his arrest out of the Union Township Municipal Court and that he was wanted out of North Carolina for drug possession (though it was determined to be a “no extradition” warrant). A search produced a bag of marijuana and a pipe. Ptl. Bugal therefore charged Mr. Wagner with Possession of Under 50 Grams of Marijuana, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Being Under the Influence of a Controlled Dangerous Substance, Operating a Motor Vehicle While In Possession of a Controlled Dangerous Substance, Driving While Intoxicated with a Minor In The Vehicle, Violation of a Provisional Driver’s License, and Obstructed View. Ptl. Bugal charged Mr. Naimo with Possession of Under 50 Grams of Marijuana, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Being Under the Influence of a Controlled Dangerous Substance. Both were released ROR. The child was released to a family member and Ptl. Bugal notified the New Jersey Division of Child Protection and Permanency of the incident.