New Jersey Santa arrested on drug charges

Charles R. Smith (Source: South Hackensack Police Department)

SOUTH HACKENSACK, N.J. (CNN) – A man who plays Santa Claus for a New Jersey charity was arrested after police found drug paraphernalia in his car.

A South Hackensack, New Jersey police officer stopped 66-year-old Charles R. Smith’s car after a motor vehicle violation.

A search of the car turned up a Santa Claus costume, crack pipe, hypodermic needle, and empty bags of crack and heroin.

Smith was arrested and charged with two counts of drug paraphernalia and a hypodermic needle.

Police say Smith volunteers as Santa Claus for an area “Toys for Tots” program. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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