Weapons & drug charges
HAMMONTON—A man is facing weapons and drug charges after a vehicle stop for fictitious plates that occurred at 10:23 p.m. on December 26, Hammonton Police Chief Kevin Friel said.
Officer Richard Carpo stopped a vehicle for fictious plates at the intersection of S. Egg Harbor Road and Line Street, Friel said.
The driver, Christopher Dellagrottaglia, 30, of Egg Harbor City, was found to have an active warrant from Upper Twp. Municipal Court, Friel said.
“While returning to the vehicle after placing Dellagrottaglia under arrest, Carpo observed what appeared to be a black and silver revolver handgun shoved between the center console and the seat,” Friel said.
The weapon was removed and found to be a .177-caliber pellet gun, Friel said.
Crystal methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia was also located in the vehicle, Friel said.
Dellagrottaglia was transported to police headquarters for processing and was issued the following motor vehicle summonses: driving while suspended, unlicensed driver, unregistered vehicle, uninsured vehicle, fictitious plates and open container of alcoholic beverage in a motor vehicle, Friel said. Criminal charges included: possession of a handgun, persons not to have weapons, possession of controlled dangerous substance methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia, Friel said.
He was released on the warrant from Upper Twp. and released pending a court appearance in Atlantic County Superior Court on all new charges, Friel said.
Friel said Carpo was the investigating and arresting officer.
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