FAIR LAWN - A local 24-year-old woman was arrested and charged with possession of a controlled dangerous substance and possession of drug paraphernalia after her stolen backpack was discovered during the arrest of a burglary suspect.

The marijuana found in the backpack belonged to the owner of the vehicle, Melanie Acosta, age 24 of Fair Lawn, who was arrested, then released after being charged with possession of a controlled dangerous substance, according to police.

On Aug. 8 at 1:19 a..m, Fair Lawn Police responded to the area of Morlot Avenue at Canger Place for a report of a suspicious person walking up and down residential driveways.

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Police Officer Geovanny Buitron discovered Timothy Jeffery, 47, of Newark, inside a vehicle parked in a driveway at a residence on Dewey Place. Once ordered to exit the vehicle, Jeffery tossed a wallet into nearby grass that had been in the vehicle. 

During the arrest, Jeffery dropped a folding knife that was hidden in his shirt sleeve. Items found in Jeffery’s possession taken from the vehicle included the wallet, a backpack with marijuana and other property inside, including a container of coins.

Jeffrey had an arrest warrant issued against him out of Newark for $10,000.

Jeffrey was charged with burglary, theft, receiving stolen property, possession of credit cards without the owner’s consent, possession of a controlled dangerous substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, and unlawful possession of a weapon. He was sent to Bergen County Jail.