Driver arrested for Possession of Marijuana; Driving with Expired Registration

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PARSIPPANY — Parsippany-Troy Hills Patrol Officer E. Elston was observing the traffic on New Road when he conducted a random plate inquiry on a 2007 Acura RDX. He was alerted that the vehicle’s registration was expired and he quickly conducted a motor vehicle stop in the area of Route 46 and New Road.

Upon speaking to the driver, Mariela Jimenez, 30, Newark, he detected the distinct odor of burnt marijuana emanating from the passenger compartment. After a brief investigation a partially smoked marijuana cigarette “blunt” was located in the center console of the vehicle.

Ms. Jimenez was placed under arrest and transported to police headquarters for processing. While there she was charged with Possession of Less than Fifty Grams of Marijuana, a Disorderly Person Offense and Driving with an Expired Registration (Traffic Offense)

She was released on her own recognizances pending her court appearance.