The police recovered a .25 caliber semi-automatic pistol from the glove compartment, and a switchblade from the rear of his 2007 Volvo SUV, during a routine traffic stop.
Martinez-More, 27, was traveling southbound on Interstate 95 near the George Washington Bridge, when police noticed his license plate number was obstructed and his windows were heavily tinted, according to police accounts.
Police pulled over the suspect near the lower level of the bridge, and during the traffic interview Martinez-More indicated he had two weapons in the car.
While it’s not uncommon for police to recover weapons during a traffic stop, confiscating a firearm is an important victory, said Joseph Pentangelo, Port Authority spokesman.
“It’s valuable because these firearms are off the street and no longer pose a public threat,” Pentangelo said.
Car stops are a real tactical challenge for law enforcement, so proper training and cautionary measures are always employed, Pentangelo said. Suspects usually don’t reveal they are carrying a weapon, but Martinez-More appeared nervous during the stop and gave up his weapons.
Martinez-More was held at Bergen County Jail, until he posted bail at 6 a.m. Saturday morning.
The Middletown man was charged with one count of unlawful possession of a weapon, one count of possession of a weapon for unlawful purposes and two traffic violations.
It is unknown if Martinez-More has any criminal record.