SOUTH HACKENSACK, N.J. -- A South Hackensack police officer on a seatbelt detail found a Paterson ex-con carrying a stolen gun, as well as heroin and pot, authorities said Wednesday.
Officer Gary Yannetti arrested Vernon S. Wilson, 40, on eastbound Route 46 near Phillps Avenue around 8:30 p.m. Tuesday after finding the drugs and a loaded 9mm handgun reported stolen out of Ohio during a "Click It or Ticket" detail, Capt. Robert Kaiser told Daily Voice.
Wilson's lengthy criminal history includes arrests for aggravated assault, firearms possession and theft -- as well as being charged by South Hackensack police last year with delivering 250 bags of heroin.
This time, he was taken to the Bergen County Jail pending a detention hearing on drug and weapons counts.