Tailgating was only the start of problems for a Freehold Borough man, stopped by Howell Township police - especially after they allegedly found three ounces of cocaine in his minivan.

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Lee Clax, 39, is charged with four possession counts, two involving intent to distribute and one for being within 1,000 feet of a school, in addition to a flurry of traffic tickets, according to Howell Police.

Patrolman Travis Horton reported seeing Clax's 1997 Mercury minivan tooling along Squankum-Yellowbrook Road near Howell High School at about 10:30 AM Monday. Horton said that Clax, behind tinted front windows, was hugging the back end of the car in front of him, and veering in and out of his lane.

After pulling Clax's van to the roadside, police said, Horton detected the odor of marijuana from within, while Clax offered a garbled and confusing account of his travels.

Horton searched the van, finding the drugs inside a work boot, along with nearly $3,000 cash, police said.

Clax was sent to the Monmouth County Correctional Institution in Freehold, and the minivan was seized pending forfeiture.

Charges are accusations. Defendants are presumed innocent unless, and until, found guilty in a court of law.

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