HALEDON, NJ - Haledon Quality of LIfe Enforcement Officer Jeffrey Welsh noticed a red Acura with Pennsylvania license plates running through a red light at Burhans Avenue and West Broadway, at 9:51 p.m. on May 20, according to Lieutenant George Guzman, Public Information Officer of the Haledon Police Department. With the vehicle pulled over, Officer Welsh approached and smelled "a strong odor of raw marijuana". Joined by Sergeant Timothy Lindberg, the officers conducted a search of the sedan and produced 11.7 ounces of marijuana along with two boxes, containing small bags. The bags, according to the police, "are commonly used to package and, in turn, distribute illicit drugs."
When the driver, a 28 year old man from Passaic, was searched, $6,167 in cash was found. Placed under arrest, the man was charged and "released on a complaint-summons pending a court appearance in Passaic County Central Judicial Processing Court." The charges are as follows:
- 2C:35-7A Distribution of marijuana within 1,000 feet of school property; a crime of the third degree
- 2C:35-5B(11) Distribution of marijuana over one ounce and under five pounds; a crime of the third degree
- 2C:35-10A(3) Possession of marijuana over 50 grams; a crime of the fourth degree
- 2C:36-2 Possession of drug paraphernalia, a disorderly persons offense
"Let's be clear," Haledon Police Chief Angelo J. Daniele said in a statement, "Despite the ongoing pandemic, the Haledon Police Department will continue to pursue violators of the law in our committed quest to preserve quality of life and keep Haledon safe."