North Carolina Men Arrested On Cocaine, Gun Possession Charges
One man had a warrant out for his arrest, police say
Mahwah Police arrested two North Carolina men on cocaine, marijuana and illegal gun possession charges after a motor vehicle stop early Monday morning, Mahwah Police Chief James Batelli said.
Shawn A. McNeil, 25, and Antoine D. McMillan, 22, both of Fayetteville, NC, were arrested on cocaine possession with an intent to distribute and marijuana possession charges, Batelli said. McNeil also had an active warrant out for his arrest from North Carolina for aggravated assault and weapons possession, Batelli said.
After a search of their vehicle, police found a loaded .380 semi-automatic handgun that had been reported stolen in North Carolina, Batelli said. The two were charged with unlawful possession of the gun, possession of stolen property and other related charges, Batelli said.
The duo was originally pulled over for speeding on Route 17 South near Route 287, police said. They were driving a rented 2012 Nissan Murano when they were pulled over, at around 2:30 a.m. Monday by Officer Richard Albro, Batelli said.
When talking with the drivers, “Albro immediately detected a strong odor of raw marijuana,” and “was able to see small leafy chunks,” of the drug in the passenger compartment, Batelli said.
Police also found a “small scale” with a “white powdery substance believed to be cocaine” in the car, Batelli said.
McNeil and McMillion have “extensive” criminal records that include “offenses such as vehicle burglary, possession of stolen property…assault,” and other charges, Batelli said.
Mahwah Police Officers Albro and Timothy Letavish, Lt. Philip Tangel, and K-9 Team Officer Rob Rapp and Dome responded to and investigated this incident.
McNeil and McMillan were remanded to the Bergen County Jail, police said. Bail was set at $250,000.