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Police Blotter: Commonwealth Traffic Stop Yields Drug Charges

Charges issued by Manchester police on Wednesday

A routine traffic stop on Commonwealth Boulevard led to drug charges for a Toms River man Wednesday. 

Manchester police Patrolman Joseph Fastige was on patrol on Route 37 near Commonwealth when he spotted a 2004 Honda Accord exit the Exxon gas station without headlights on, said Lt. Vincent Manco in a statement.

Fastige then stopped the driver of the car, Stephon Wilmot, 19, of Toms River, on Commonwealth and Second Street in the township's Pine Lake Park section.

"During the course of the investigation the driver was found to be in possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia," Manco said.

Wilmot was charged with possession of marijuana under 50 grams and possession of drug paraphernalia, as well as motor vehicle summonses for driving without headlights and drug possession in a motor vehicle, according to Manco.

Wilmot was released by police pending a court date, Manco said.

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