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On August 20, 2017 at approximately 8:48 A.M., Police Officers Kiril Petrov and Dillon Genatt were checking on the well-being of a person who appeared to be sleeping in his vehicle in the Sam’s Club parking lot, located at 300 Park Plaza Drive, Secaucus, NJ.  The vehicle was parked and had fictitious license plates. After confirming that the male was in good health, the officers initiated an investigation regarding the fictitious license plates on the vehicle.  While conducting the investigation, the officer’s noticed the butt of a loaded .357 magnum revolver protruding out from underneath the driver’s seat, which was seized.  A search of the vehicle also uncovered a .38 special/.357 magnum “lever action” rifle on the second row seat along with over one hundred rounds of handgun ammunition of various calibers. Joseph A. White, 28 of Loganville, GA, was subsequently arrested.  

Chief Kevin Flaherty commends the attention to detail of Police Officers Kiril Petrov and Dillon Genatt.  “There is no doubt in my mind that Officer Petrov’s and Genatt’s diligence made Secaucus a little safer by getting these guns off the street.”

Joseph A. White was charged with the following: [2C:39-5B(1)] Unlawful Possession of a Handgun, [2C:39-5C(1)] Unlawful Possession of a Rifle, two counts of [2C:39-4A(1)] Possession of a Weapon for Unlawful Purpose, [2C:39-3f] Possession of a Hollow Point Bullets, [2C:39-9d] Unlawful Transport of Firearms and [2C:39-10a(1)] Violation of the Regulatory Provisions Relating to Firearms.  

These charges are merely accusations and the defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty.