Editor's Note: Police revised the amount of heroin found to 6 ounces.
FAIR LAWN, NJ - A 34-year-old Fair Lawn man was arrested after heroine, cocaine, cash and 11 caged dogs were found in a residence on Morlot Avenue, police said.
On Jan. 29 at 7:30 p.m., police served a search warrant after a month-long investigation on the Morlot Avenue residence during which they turned up more than 6 ounces of heroin, 16 grams of cocaine, paraphernalia used to package narcotics and $47,003 in cash. Police arrested Marquan Carter, 34, after drugs were found on his person, in his vehicle, a 2016 Honda Pilot, and hidden in different parts of the residence.
Eleven dogs, "where some appeared to be malnourished, were found in cages inside the residence, along with two treadmills with harnesses for dogs," police said. The animals were removed from the home by Bergen County Animal Control.
Police found three juveniles, ages 12, 12 and 13, in the residence. Police handed them over to a responsible family member.
Carter was charged with distribution of heroin, distribution of cocaine, distribution of a controlled dangerous substance (CDS) within 1,000 feet of a school zone, 2 counts of possession of a CDS, endangering the welfare of a juvenile and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was then sent to Bergen County Jail. Police said the vehicle and money are being held for seizure, and animal cruelty at the residence is still under investigation at this time and will be released once it is concluded.
Fair Lawn Police Chief Glen Cauwels stated all defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty.