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.