HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, NJ -- The Hasbrouck Heights Police Department made five drug arrests over the course of the last five days throughout the Borough, three of which were within 24 hours.

According to Detective Lieutenant Michael Colaneri, Jr., officers responded to a call on Friday, March 29, at 9:14pm, of a suspicious vehicle at TD Bank on the Boulevard. Officers Benjamin Kest, Joseph Armeli, and Nicholas Brunetti responded to find Francisco Beltre, of Paterson, NJ, with slurred speech and nose dripping. A drug test found him under the influence of cocaine. He was charged with possession of a Controlled Dangerous Subtance, drug paraphernalia, and traffic summons, and released to a family member with a court date.  The car was impounded.

On Monday, April 1 at 10:16am, Officer John Cambridge and Detective Bradley Dussault observed a car with vehicle violations traveling  south on Route 17. The officers pulled over Ashley Lopez, of Hackensack, and noticed the order of raw marijuana, and saw a glass pipe in plain view. She was charged with possession of under 50grams of CDS, drug paraphernalia, and three motor vehicle summonses. Officers Michael Renna and Detective Sergeant Jeffrey Werner aided on the scene. The car was impounded and towed.

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Later on Monday afternoon, Cambridge and Dussault were in a marked police vehicle noted a car that failed to yield the right of way to a pedestrian in the walkway. Officers stopped the car at Longworth Avenue and the Boulevard. Officers noticed the smell of raw marijuana. The driver, Richard Kramera, of Maywood, NJ, told them he was headed home. When asked whether he had anything in the car, he responded yes and retrieved the drugs. He was arrested and given two summonses for CDS under 50 grams and failure to yield, and the car was towed. Detective Sergeant Alan Baker and Officer Michael Desimone assisted with the stop.

Police made a third arrest on Monday at 8:22pm, Detective Sergeant John Behr and Patroman Joseph Olivo pulled over Ivan Ayon, from Lodi, NJ, for equipment violations at Central Avenue and the Boulevard. The officers noticed vape cartridges and THC oil in the car. He was charged with CDS under 50 grams, drug paraphernalia, and motor vehicle violations.

On Tuesday, April 2 at 10:49am, Officers Bradley Dussault and John Cambridge stopped Michael Valeri on Route 17 South and Henry Street. He was charged with possession of a Controlled Dangerous Substance, Oxycodone and other drugs without a prescription. Officers Renna and Werner assisted on the scene. Valeri was released, and the car was turned over to another driver on the scene. 

The Hasbrouck Heights Police Department reminds readers that defendants are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.


(Editor's Note: the article was updated to include the officers' proper ranks.)


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