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Police: Man Dressed as Santa Arrested With Crack Pipe

An officer saw the crack pipe next to a Santa Claus costume during a traffic stop

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    Authorities say a retiree who volunteers as a Santa Claus impersonator is facing drug charges after police said they found a crack pipe in his vehicle during a traffic stop. (Published Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017)

    A retiree who volunteers as a Santa Claus is facing drug charges alleging police found a crack pipe in his vehicle during a New Jersey traffic stop, police said.

    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.

    Multiple phones listed for Smith have been disconnected so he can't be reached for comment. It's unknown if Smith has an attorney who could comment for him.