ALPINE, N.J. -- A motorist who went to traffic court in Alpine to answer a speeding ticket had nearly a quarter-pound of pot in his car -- found parked illegally outside Palisades Interstate Parkway police headquarters, authorities said.
Asked what the marijuana was doing there, 26-year-old Felix Suliveres of Toms River told police he doesn't sell it -- but, instead, gives it away, PIP Police Chief Michael Coppola said.
Court was in session Thursday when Officers Gregory Kimbro and Timothy Conboy spotted the 2016 white Subaru outside their headquarters on Alpine Approach Road, where the court is located.
Inside the car they noticed a metal grinder and marijuana residue, Coppola said.
The officers went into court, asked for the vehicle owner and arrested 26-year-old Felix Suliveres of Toms River, who Coppola said smelled of marijuana.
Besides the grinder, the officers found pot packaged in three quart-sized bags, another vacuum-sealed bag, six smaller bags and eight jars, all in a black canvas bag on the front passenger-side floor, the chief said.
Also inside the bag was a digital scale with marijuana residue, three Dutch Master cigars -- commonly used as blunts -- along with 40 empty plastic bags, he said.
The judge ordered Suliveres held on $17,000 bail on a host of charges and summonses that include marijuana possession and distribution, being under the influence of the drug, improper parking, having an unclear license plate and littering.
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