A Lakewood man was arrested after a traffic stop during which police discovered a lot more than just a driving infraction. Howell Police Patrolman Nicholas Bondarew conducted a motor vehicle stop on a Nissan Altima on Rt.9, in the Freewood Acres section of the township on October 9, and subsequent to the motor vehicle stop, a consent search of the vehicle was authorized by the driver, Michael K. Jones Jr. of Lakewood.
The search of the vehicle resulted in Ptl. Bondarew locating a loaded .40 caliber handgun, marijuana, drug paraphernalia, and over $2,000 in cash.
The handgun was fully loaded with “hollow point” ammunition as well, police said.
Jones Jr. was ultimately arrested at the scene and his vehicle was seized, along with the contraband. Jones Jr. was criminally charged with Unlawful Possession of a Handgun, Possession of Hollow Point ammunition, Possession of Marijuana, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Jones Jr.’s bail was set at $55,000 and he was transported to the Monmouth County Correctional Institute.