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Haworth Officer Finds Six Ounces Of Pot, Arrests Driver In Routine Stop

Matthew Rigert
Matthew Rigert Photo Credit: COURTESY: Haworth PD

HAWORTH, N.J. -- A Haworth police officer making a routine traffic stop busted the driver for carrying six ounces of pot, authorities said Thursday.

Officer Andrew Soltes pulled the vehicle over on Madison Avenue just before midnight Wednesday when the driver, 25-year-old Matthew Rigert of Long Island, failed to use a turn signal, Detective Sgt. Justin Fox told Daily Voice.

The car also had equipment violations, Fox said.

Soltes smelled raw marijuana after approaching the car, the sergeant said.

A search turned up pot in the center console, as well as vacuum-sealed bags in the trunk, he said.

Rigert, of Deer Park, was issued a court summons charging him with two marijuana possession offenses -- one with the intent to distribute -- and a possession of drug paraphernalia count.

He also received five motor vehicle summonses before being released pending a court date.

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