Retiree who portrays Santa Claus now facing drug charges

Posted: Updated:
Santa impersonator Charles Smith faces drug charges. Santa impersonator Charles Smith faces drug charges.
SOUTH HACKENSACK -

Authorities say a retiree who volunteers as a Santa Claus impersonator is facing drug charges after police allegedly found a crack pipe in his vehicle during a traffic stop.

South Hackensack police say 66-year-old Charles Smith, of Pompton Lakes, was arrested Monday after a traffic stop on Route 46. They say an officer saw the crack pipe next to a Santa Claus costume.

Authorities say a subsequent search of the vehicle turned up more drug paraphernalia, including empty bags of crack and heroin found alongside a hypodermic needle.

Smith does Santa work for the charity Toys for Tots, according to police.

It wasn't immediately known if Smith has retained an attorney to speak on his behalf.

The Associated Press wire services contributed to this report.

  • CrimeMore>>

  • Officials ID man found dead in SUV in Asbury Park

    Officials ID man found dead in SUV in Asbury Park

    Thursday, November 23 2017 3:41 PM EST2017-11-23 20:41:08 GMT
    (News 12 New Jersey) A person was shot and killed later Wednesday night in Asbury Park, law enforcement officials said.(News 12 New Jersey) A person was shot and killed later Wednesday night in Asbury Park, law enforcement officials said.

    Officials have identified a 27-year-old man as the victim of a late-night shooting in Asbury Park.

    Officials have identified a 27-year-old man as the victim of a late-night shooting in Asbury Park.

  • Bus driver shot during alleged robbery in Paterson

    Bus driver shot during alleged robbery in Paterson

    Thursday, November 23 2017 11:36 AM EST2017-11-23 16:36:19 GMT
    (Milton Crespo/News 12 New Jersey viewer) A bus driver was shot in the stomach Wednesday night in Paterson, authorities said.(Milton Crespo/News 12 New Jersey viewer) A bus driver was shot in the stomach Wednesday night in Paterson, authorities said.

    A bus driver was shot Wednesday night during an alleged robbery in Paterson, authorities said.

    A bus driver was shot Wednesday night during an alleged robbery in Paterson, authorities said.

  • Olympic gymnastics ex-doctor pleads guilty to sex charges

    Olympic gymnastics ex-doctor pleads guilty to sex charges

    Wednesday, November 22 2017 1:17 PM EST2017-11-22 18:17:08 GMT
    (Matthew Dae Smith/Lansing State Journal via AP) This photo taken May 12, 2017, shows Dr. Larry Nassar listening during a preliminary hearing in Mason, Mich.(Matthew Dae Smith/Lansing State Journal via AP) This photo taken May 12, 2017, shows Dr. Larry Nassar listening during a preliminary hearing in Mason, Mich.

    A former Michigan State University and USA Gymnastics doctor accused of molesting seven girls has pleaded guilty to first-degree criminal sexual conduct.

    A former Michigan State University and USA Gymnastics doctor accused of molesting seven girls has pleaded guilty to first-degree criminal sexual conduct.

sorry to interrupt
your first 20 are free
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please enjoy 20 complimentary views of articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.
you have reached your 5 view limit
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please login, create an account or subscribe to continue enjoying News12.
Our sign-up page is undergoing maintenance and is not currently available. However, you will be given direct access to news12.com while we complete our upgrade.
When we are back up and running you will be prompted at that time to complete your sign in. Until then, enjoy the local news, weather, traffic and more that's "as local as local news gets."