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Fairfield Police Arrest Paterson Fugitive, Thursday, with Over $15,000 in Cash

Credits: Carolyne Volpe Curley

FAIRFIELD, NJ - Thursday, Joseph Roman, of Paterson, was arrested by the Fairfield Police after it was discovered he was wanted by police in Ogdensburg, N.Y., for alleged narcotics distribution and weapons offenses, dating back to 2010.

According to Fairfield Deputy Police Chief Anthony Manna, at about 3:53 a.m. early Thursday morning, Officer R.J. Casendino was patrolling Route 46 East when he conducted a random license plate inquiry of a 2002 Mercedes Benz which was also traveling on Route 46. Casendino then discovered that the Mercedes owner, 33 years old Roman, was wanted by the Ogdensburg Police Department.

Casendino had the Mercedes pull over to confirm that Roman was the driver and registered owner. After the officer made sure Roman was the car’s owner, Roman was placed under arrest.

Casendino transported Roman to Fairfield headquarters and while processing him, fellow officers discovered that he was in possession of over $15,000 in cash. Reportedly, Roman gave conflicting stories to the officers about how he came upon the money. The Essex County Prosecutor’s Office was then contacted in regards to the large sum of money and Roman was transported to the Essex County Jail for extradition to New York.

Police have not yet determined the origin of the cash. Manna stated, “based upon the totality of the circumstances, authorities believe that the money was a nexus to illegal activity. It was seized pending a civil forfeiture proceeding.”

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