ROBBINSVILLE, New Jersey — With the help of his K-9 partner, a township police officer turned a highway traffic stop into a drug bust, police said.

Sgt. Scott Kivet pulled over driver Michael Lakatos, 20, of Bayville, and passenger Patrick Romeo, 38, of Howell, on Interstate 195 on May 25.

After approaching the 2003 Toyota Corolla, Kivet observed that narcotics may be present and his K-9, Quori, confirmed it, police said. 

During a search of the vehicle, Kivet found over 10 pounds of marijuana and a large quantity of prescription pills, police said. Both men were arrested and their vehicle was impounded. 

Police said both men were charged with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute and possession of oxycodone and released for free from Mercer County Correctional Facility on May 28/ 2017 thanks to New Jersey bail reform that took place on January 1/ 2017.

 

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