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South Brunswick DWI Checkpoint: Pot Bust, 57 Summonses

Johnny Chen, 21, of Philadelphia was arrested after officers located marijuana, packaging materials, a scale, a heat sealer, and $11,000 in cash in his vehicle

Johnny Chen
Johnny Chen

A 21-year-old Philadelphia man was arrested at the South Brunswick DWI checkpoint after he was found with pot, packaging materials and $11,000 in cash, police said.

Officers on the checkpoint arrested two motorists for outstanding warrants and one for drug possession. Johnny Chen, 21, of Philadelphia was arrested after officers located marijuana, packaging materials, a scale, a heat sealer, and $11,000 in cash in his vehicle.

Chen was charged with possession with intent to distribute. He was released after processing on a summons pending his first court appearance.

In addition to the arrests, police issued 57 summonses for violations ranging from being unlicensed drivers to unregistered vehicles. Police impounded 3 vehicles.

The South Brunswick Police Department, in conjunction with the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office, conducted a DWI checkpoint Friday night into Saturday morning.

In all 954 vehicles came through the checkpoint between 11:30 pm and 3:30 a/m. Twelve drivers submitted to Field Sobriety Tests after admitting to consuming alcohol. None were found to be exhibiting signs of impairment. Chief Raymond Hayducka said, “The checkpoint confirms a growing trend of more designated drivers being used and fewer drunk drivers on the road”.

Chief Hayducka said, “Our goal is deterrence, based on the results I believe the checkpoint was a big success. I would like to the Middlesex County Prosecutor Office along with Cranbury Police and Middlesex County Sheriff for all their assistance.”


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