According to authorities, a Leonia NJ police sergeant was on patrol near Broad Avenue in Leonia NJ around 2:00 a.m. when he observed a Dodge Charger that was illegally parked. The police officer stopped alongside the vehicle and spoke with the vehicle’s three occupants.
While speaking with the suspects, the police officer allegedly saw a small bag of marijuana in plain view.
The officer called for backup, prompting the Bergen County Sheriff’s Department to dispatch a K-9 team to the scene to assist with the investigation.
Police conducted a search of the suspects’ vehicle and reportedly found 4.5 ounces of uncut heroin, in addition to $3,000 in cash.
The driver of the car, a 24-year-old male from Maryland, was arrested at the scene. Police also arrested the two passengers in the vehicle.
All three suspects were subsequently charged with possession with intent to distribute heroin.
If the suspects are eventually convicted on the heroin distribution charges, they would be subject to severe penalties. As set forth by N.J.S.A. 2C:35-5, intent to distribute more than one-half ounce of heroin is classified as a second degree criminal offense and carries a penalty of 5-10 years in NJ State Prison.
For additional information about this case, view the NJ.com article entitled “$25K in Heroin Seized After Car Stop, Police Say.”