Hamilton, a 12-year veteran, was charged with possession of an undetermined amount of cocaine, possession of less than 50 grams of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a controlled dangerous substance in a motor vehicle and consumption of alcohol in a motor vehicle, said Harding police Sgt. Dan Nunn.
Hamilton was stopped at 12:48 a.m. yesterday on southbound Route 287 for having tinted windows in his 2003 Mercedes Benz, for which he received a summons, Nunn said.
Hamilton was released after the arrest. The charges will be referred to the Morris County Prosecutor's Office, authorities said.
Hamilton, who lives in West Paterson, could not be reached for comment yesterday. His 32nd birthday is Sunday.
Pat Hanlon, the Giants vice president of communications, said the team was aware of the situation but had no comment.
This could be Hamilton's second violation of the NFL's substance abuse policy, although all information of that nature is confidential under the league's collective bargaining agreement. Hamilton pleaded guilty in May 1999 in Fort Lee Municipal Court to driving while under the influence of cocaine, an admission that automatically would have entered him into the league's substance abuse program. Hamilton now could be elevated into stage two of the program, where his punishment likely would be a fine equal to four game checks. If this is his second violation of the NFL's substance abuse policy, Hamilton would not be at risk of being suspended by the league. Under substance abuse policy, a player does not receive a suspension, for four weeks, until his third offense.