A California man was arrested in Ridgefield Park, New Jersey after police allegedly found a large quantity of heroin and prescription pills in his minivan.
The suspect is a 26-year-old resident of La Quinta, California. He was placed under arrest just after 3:00 a.m.
According to law enforcement, the suspect was driving the minivan in the parking lot of the Hampton Inn on Route 46 when a Ridgefield Park patrol cop saw that the van did not have valid license plates or registration.
When the cop approached the vehicle, he allegedly spotted “an aftermarket trap” underneath the van. Police subsequently detained the suspect while obtaining a search warrant for the vehicle.
While searching the minivan, Ridgefield Park police reportedly discovered 12 kilos of heroin and 500 opiate pills. According to officials, the total street value of the drugs seized by police is approximately $1 million.
While police were in the process of impounding the suspect’s vehicle, he allegedly attempted to flee the scene in a taxi. Ridgefield Park cops apprehended the suspect before he was able to get away.
The suspect faces charges for multiple drug crimes, including manufacturing or distributing heroin, manufacturing or distributing opiate pills, heroin possession, illegal possession of prescription drugs, and possession of drug paraphernalia.
After being placed under arrest and charged, the suspect was transported to the Bergen County Jail in Hackensack, New Jersey.
To learn more about this case, check out the NJ.com article, “Minivan with No Plates Had $1M in Heroin and Pills, Cops Say.”