06/15/2007

Random plate check leads to cocaine arrest in N.J.

Jersey Journal
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BAYONNE, N.J. A random search of license plate numbers in the parking lot of a Bayonne hotel led to a narcotics arrest Tuesday night, police said.

Cops running license plates at random while they cruised the parking lot at Hudson Plaza Motel on Route 440 encountered a van with no registration on file, police said. Officers followed the van out of the parking lot and stopped it, according to police.

Officers saw the passenger, Keisha Mapp, 32, take something out from under her shirt and move to place it beneath her seat as they approached, police said. One of the cops grabbed her in mid-motion and pulled eight glass vials of suspected cocaine from her hand, police said.

Mapp, of Bramhall Avenue in Jersey City, also had a warrant out for her arrest from her hometown. She was charged with cocaine possession.

The driver, Darren Smart, was issued summonses for driving without a license, registration, or insurance.

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