HOBOKEN - An out-of-control Hoboken driver was found with an assortment of controlled substances after crashing his car on 2nd & Monroe Monday.

Officer Cynthia Rivera responded to a report of a motor vehicle crash around 1:30 p.m. on May 25, finding a black Chevy with front end damage parked off to the side on 2nd Street. Russell Furino, 26 of Hoboken was subsequently put through a standardized field sobriety test by Officer Ramon Calderon, and it was determined that Furino was unable to safely operate a vehicle. As the investigation continued into the crash, Officer Bianca Arroyo and Sergeant Cesar Olavarria were informed that Furino threw a bag over his neighbor’s fence prior to police arrival.

Officer Arroyo retrieved the bag and found illegal narcotics, prescription drugs, and drug paraphernalia. It was also discovered that Furino struck three parked vehicles. He was transported to police headquarters and processed—charged with the following: Possession with the intent to distribute Methamphetamine, Possession with the intent to distribute Xanax, Possession of CDS Methamphetamine within 500 feet of Public housing facility, Possession of CDS Xanax within 500 feet of Public housing facility, Possession of CDS Methamphetamine within 1000 feet of a school/ public park, Possession of CDS Xanax within 1000 feet of a school/ public park, Possession of 50 grams or less of Marijuana including dilutants, 3 counts of Possession of Prescription Legend Drugs, Tampering with evidence, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

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All listed charges were placed on a warrant. Furino was found to be in possession of $1,100.00, which was believed to be proceeds of drug distribution. Furino was also issued to motor vehicle summons for Driving Under the Influence and Possession of CDS within a motor vehicle. Furino was committed to the Hudson County Jail.

Defendant is innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. 

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