HAWTHORNE, NJ - In two separate incidents last week, police charged two men with drugs and/or paraphernalia at motor vehicle stops after both denied current drug use.

On July 17, police stopped a 41-year-old Highland Lakes man for motor vehicle violations and noticed during the stop that the man had track marks on his arms, as well as small rubber bands in the vehicle.

Police asked the driver to step out of the vehicle, a gold 2003 Chevrolet Tahoe, and spoke to him about those items, however, the driver stated he has "been clean for some time now."

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Upon a consent search, officer’s located two bundles of heroin located in the passenger side headrest. The driver was arrested and transported to headquarters for processing where he was charged with possession of heroin and paraphernalia and released pending a court date.   

In a separate incident on July 22 at approximately 12:30 p.m., a motor vehicle stop on Lincoln Avenue yielded a 34-year-old male from Saddle Brook driving a blue 2013 Honda Fit, who police noted had what appeared to be fresh track marks on his arms, along with small rubber bands in the vehicle.

The man said said he “never used narcotics,” yet police found a syringe and a spoon with heroin residue in the vehicle after a consented search.

The man was arrested for possession of a syringe and paraphernalia , processed, and released pending a municipal court date.