HAWTHORNE, NJ - A Paterson man was arrested on Monday, July 13, and charged with possession of heroin and resisting arrest, according to a statement from the Hawthorne Police Department. According to the police, a white 2007 GMC truck was stopped on Wagaraw Road at approximately 9:00 a.m. for "several commercial vehicle violations." The police officer spoke with the driver and a man in the passenger seat, who allegedly told the officer he was Peter Rodriquez, a name later determined to be fake.
The police said that the passenger was asked to leave the truck but refused to do so. As the police physically removed him from the car, "he attempted to clutch something in his waistband." Afterwards it was found that he was carrying two bundles of heroin along with a number of cocaine baggies inside his underwear.
The driver of the truck was released with a summons, but the passenger was brought to the police station for processing, charged on a warrant, and taken to the Passaic County Jail. The police said that after he was brought to the jail, an additional two small baggies were found on his person, apparently well hidden until that time, and consequentially incurred additional charges.
"A criminal complaint is merely an accusation," the Hawthorne Police said. "Despite these accusations, the defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt."
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