Lyndhurst NJ police recently arrested a man who was allegedly caught with marijuana after skipping out on a taxi fare.
According to officials, the 31-year-old suspect took a cab from Queens, New York. When the taxi pulled up to Valley Brook Avenue in Lyndhurst, NJ, the suspect reportedly exited the vehicle and fled the scene on foot without paying. Authorities later said that the cab fare was $110.
After the suspect ran away, the cabbie called Lyndhurst NJ police and said that the suspect ran toward an apartment complex.
Police officers got to the scene and were able to track the suspect’s footprints in the snow. When police knocked on the door to the apartment, another man answered. He allegedly gave permission to the officers to enter the apartment and look for the suspect.
Once the officers were inside the apartment, they reportedly saw drugs and drug paraphernalia in plain view on a number of tabletops and counters. According to police, they saw “a large assortment” of drugs that included marijuana, alprazolam, and Psilocybin mushrooms.
Police eventually found the suspect inside the apartment. He was arrested at the scene.
Lyndhurst detectives later obtained a search warrant and searched the rest of the apartment. This led police to discover illegal brass knuckles and hollow-point .45-caliber and 9mm bullets. As a result, the man who answered the door was charged with several weapons offenses.
The suspect accused of fleeing the taxi without paying was charged with theft of services.
Additionally, both suspects were charged with several drug crimes, including marijuana possession and possession of drug paraphernalia.
After being arrested and charged, the suspects were transported to the Bergen County Jail in Hackensack, NJ.
For more information about this case, see the NJ.com article entitled “Unpaid Taxi Fare Leads Tops to Lyndhurst Drug Stash, Police Say.”