Driving using cellphone; arrested for possession of drugs

Mr. Venacio was found to be in possession of suspected marijuana

PARSIPPANY — Parsippany-Troy Hills Patrol Officer D. Ross was patrolling at the Route 46 and North Beverwyck Road Intersection observed the driver of a 2006 Jeep Commander using a cellphone.

After conducting a motor vehicle stop, he approached the vehicle from the passenger side and detected the odor of marijuana coming from the interior. The driver, Anthony Venacio, 25, Paterson, was advised of the reason for the stop and that the odor of marijuana was detected.

After a brief investigation, Mr. Venacio was found to be in possession of suspected marijuana. He was placed under arrest and transported to police headquarters for processing.

While there he was charged with  Possession of Less than 50 Grams of Marijuana, a Disorderly Persons Offense ; Possession of CDS in a Motor Vehicle (Traffic Offense) and
Use of a Cellphone While Driving (Traffic Offense).

He was released on his own recognizance pending his court date.

Editors Note: A criminal complaint is merely an accusation. Despite this accusation, the defendant is presumed innocent until he or she is proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.