PATERSON, NJ - A 22-year old local man who told police he was “smoking weed” while sitting in his parked vehicle on Governor Street  on Monday was found to be in possession of 4,700 bags of suspected heroin and other narcotics.

According to Public Safety Director Jerry Speziale, who said he was proud of them for investigating the suspicious situation,  Police Officers J. Traynor and J. Iandoli were on uniformed patrol in a marked unit assigned to the area of the 4th Ward at approximately 7:39 p.m. when they observed a White Ford Taurus parked in an open lot in between 208 Governor Street and 204 Governor Street with its headlights on.

The officers activated their vehicle flood light to illuminate the area and observed the man, identified as Yuron Towns, sitting in the driver seat, smoking what appeared to be a hand rolled item, which they believed to be marijuana. The officers, the report continues, exited the patrol vehicle and approached it when Towns opened the driver side door at which time the officers were overwhelmed by the odor of burnt marijuana emanating from inside the vehicle.

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A search of the vehicle with a flashlight allowed the officers to observe two bundles of packaged white envelopes separated and secured by rubber bands, which appeared to be alleged bricks of heroin. After placing Towns under arrest the officers further recovered an open gift bag, which contained 92 bricks of suspected heroin, a large plastic bag containing suspected marijuana, 11 clear green plastic vials of suspected marijuana and an orange prescription bottle containing 25 small white pills, later identified as alleged Xanax, and 4 clear yellow baggies of suspected crack cocaine.

Towns was also in possession of approximately $1200  which was seized by the officers.

The suspect was transported to Paterson Police Headquarters and charged with 16 counts related to the possession of and intent to distribute the narcotics.

“I am proud of these officers efforts to further investigate a suspicious situation, which led to these drugs being removed from our streets”