Two people from Philadelphia are facing charges following a traffic stop in Middle Township on July 4th.

According to Middle Township Police, one of their officers observed a traffic violation around the intersection of Route 9 and Dennisville Road in the Cape May Court House on the 4th of July.

Authorities say the driver, 34-year-old Jose Rivera-Aponte of Philadelphia, was shaking and extremely nervous. Aponte admitted he had drugs in the vehicle; a search resulted in the seizure of prescription pills, marijuana, and a loaded Glock handgun with three fully-loaded magazines.

The passenger, 24-year-old Naomy DeJesus-Velez, also from Philadelphia, was holding their 3-year-old son on her lap, unrestrained, according to cops.

Both were charged with endangering the welfare of a child and possession of marijuana. Rivera-Aponte admitted to the possession of the loaded gun and was charged accordingly.

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