Police: Routine Traffic Stop Leads To Drug, Weapons Charges For 3 Bronx Residents
NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A recent Police Academy graduate working with an NYPD sergeant busted three people on drug and weapons charges during a routine traffic stop, police said.
The officers made the stop on Nov. 20 in front of 432 East 142nd St., in the Bronx, after observing a 2003 Honda Odyssey minivan with Connecticut license plates with excessively dark window tinting, police said.
During the stop, the officers noticed three small bags containing marijuana in plain view, according to police. An open “trap door” was also noticed by the officers, which had more drugs and two loaded guns inside, police said.
The three people inside were arrested and charged with possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell, criminal possession of a weapon and criminal possession of marijuana and were indicted on Monday, police announced.
The three suspects, all from the Bronx, were identified by police as Saul Rivera, 36, Jessie Diaz-Granados, 24, and Engelbert Miranda, 34.
Miranda was also charged with false personation, police said. That charge means the person, after being informed of possible criminal action, knowingly gives false personal information to an officer.
Officers recovered a loaded .40-caliber Taurus semiautomatic handgun, a loaded 9mm Sig Sauer semiautomatic handgun, 195 tablets of Oxycodone, and four additional small Ziploc bags of marijuana.