NEWARK, New Jersey— Essex County sheriff’s officers on Wednesday night arrested two men on drug and gun charges after a traffic stop at a park in East Orange turned up a stolen .40-caliber handgun, authorities said.

Devonne Caldwell, 20, of East Orange, and Aljamu Goines, 22, of Newark, have both been charged with unlawfully possessing a weapon, receiving stolen property and possessing a controlled dangerous substance, according to a statement from Sheriff Armando Fontoura.

Fontoura said officers stopped the two men at Monte Irvin Park when they saw a 2017 Nissan Altima pass them on Oakwood Avenue, and noticed neither the driver or passenger were wearing seatbelts.

After the officers smelled marijuana coming from the vehicle when they approached, they questioned Caldwell, who readily admitted there was a ziplock bag of the drug in the car’s center console, he said.

When they tried to search the car further, Fontoura said, Goines slammed the car’s glove compartment closed, and officers removed him from the car.

Inside the glove compartment, officers found a loaded .40-caliber Sig-Sauer handgun that had been stolen during a home burglary in Old Bridge in August 2012, the sheriff said.

Both men, who also face multiple summonses for motor vehicle violations, were lodged in the Essex County Correctional Facility pending a bail hearing.

Both were released for free on June 27, 2017 according to Essex County Jail records.

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