On October 11, 2010 at approximately 2:10 a.m. while on patrol traveling eastbound on West Westfield Avenue in the area of Sherman Avenue Patrolman Richard Hernandez observed a silver Toyota. A check of the vehicle registration revealed the vehicle’s registered owner’s license was expired. A motor vehicle stop resulted in the an investigation of a strong smell of marijuana, the driver was identified as Curtis Giddings, age 34, of Piscataway, NJ.
Patrolman Hernandez noticed the driver’s eyes to be bloodshot and the driver admitted he had smoked marijuana an hour in the past. Further investigation led to the driver admitting he had swallowed the marijuana. Patrolman Hernandez observed green vegetation on his tongue and teeth. Patrolman Hernandez’ investigation led to the discovery of a clear plastic container containing suspected CDS marijuana (approximately 13.1 grams) and a black/silver digital scale commonly used to weigh marijuana and a roll of clear plastic sandwich baggies.
Giddings was charged with 2C:35-10a(4) (possession of CDS) and 2C:36-2 (possession of drug paraphernalia) and motor vehicle summons for 39:4-49.1 (CDS in a motor vehicle) and 39:3-29 (failure to exhibit valid license) and released pending a Roselle Park Municipal Court date of October 14, 2010.