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Port Authority Officer Finds Loaded Gun, Heroin In GWB Toll Plaza Stop

Loaded .45-caliber pistol.
Loaded .45-caliber pistol. Photo Credit: COURTESY: Port Authority PD

FORT LEE, N.J. -- A Port Authority police officer who stopped a car with a cracked windshield at the George Washington Bridge toll plaza arrested the driver after he found a loaded semi-automatic handgun under the passenger seat, authorities said Wednesday.

Ariel Paulino, 20, also was carrying a small amount of heroin when his 2003 Volvo was stopped around 4:40 p.m. Tuesday, the Port Authority's Joseph Pentangelo said.

The officer investigated after smelling marijuana while talking with Paulino -- and found the drugs along with the .45-caliber pistol, Pentangelo said.

Paulino was charged with drug and weapons offenses and the car was impounded, he said.

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