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Six Arrested in Bridgewater on Alleged Drug Charges


BRIDGEWATER, NJ - A total of six Bridgewater residents were arrested Feb. 26 on alleged drug charges after police received a tip that they would be in possession of heroin, according to Somerset County Prosecutor Geoffrey Soriano.

The six people were charged with various drug charges after police received information that a red Toyota Sequoia with multiple occupants would be arriving at the Brahma Avenue home of Douglas Zielaznicki, 49, and they would have heroin.

At about 10 p.m., according to Soriano, members of the Somerset County Prosecutor's Office Organized Crime and Narcotics Task Force saw the car arrive and park at the house on Brahma Avenue, with the vehicle being driven by Zielaznicki, and Bruce Snyder, 47, of Brahma Avenue, and Deann Larson, 46, of Brahma Avenue, as passengers in the vehicle.

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According to Soriano, Snyder got out of the vehicle and began to run toward the house as task force members approached, but he was placed under arrest. He was found to be in possession of nine decks of heroin, used empty wax folds and two hypodermic needles.

Detectives were given consent to search Zielaznicki's vehicles, and they found four decks of heroin, Soriano said. In addition, Soriano said, Larsen voluntarily turned over 18 decks of heroin and one used empty wax fold.

Soriano said the detectives executed a search warrant in the house on Brahma Avenue, and they found James Snyder, 41, Erik Snyder, 22, and George Hagaman, 35, inside. In Hagaman's room, Soriano said, police found eight suboxone packets and hypodermic needles.

In a bedroom shared by James Snyder, Erik Snyder and Larsen, Soriano said, detectives found 18 suboxone packets, many hypodermic needles and drug paraphernalia including glass pipes and empty baggies.

According to Soriano, the total estimated street value of the seized heroin was $465, and the total estimated value of the suboxone was $520.

Zielaznicki was charged with third degree possession of heroin, and Hagaman was charged with third degree possession of suboxone and possession of hypodermic needles. Larsen was charged with third degree possession of heroin, third degree possession of suboxone, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of hypodermic needles. Snyder was charged with third degree possession of suboxone and possession of hypodermic needles. James Snyder was charged with third degree possession of suboxone, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of hypodermic needles. Bruce Snyder was charged with third degree possession of heroin, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of hypodermic needles and obstruction.

Hagaman, James Snyder, Bruce Snyder and Deann Larson were lodged in the Somerset County Jail, and Erik Snyder and Zielaznicki were released on their own recognizance.

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