PATERSON, NJ - A 27-year-old Paterson man ended up in jail Tuesday after he was found to be in possession of prescription drugs that were not his. 

According to Sheriff Richard Berdnik, PCSO Officers Vincent Tedesco, Joseph Federico, Angelo Calabro, and Matthew Baskinger were patrolling the area of at approximately 11:30 p.m. when Officer Tedesco first observed a group of five males standing on the sidewalk. As Officer Tedesco was approaching the group, he observed a large cloud of smoke within the group and smelled the odor of marijuana emanating in the area.

As the officers approached on foot, Berdnik reported, Gregory Polanco fled the group on foot and was said to be seen throwing a yellow bag over the fence of 215 Park Avenue. Polanco then tripped and fell onto the sidewalk where he was secured and detained. The bag was retrieved and found to contain 11 oxycodone pills, 40 percocet pills, two full and one broken zanax pills, and less than 50 grams of marijuana packaged for distribution. 

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Polanco was arrested without further incident and transported to Passaic County Jail where he was charged with several crimes related to the possession of, and intent to distribute, the drugs.

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