HAWTHORNE, NJ - At approximately 12:49 on Saturday, November 30, Hawthorne police noticed a gray Nissan Sentra committing motor vehicle violations, according to a statement from the Hawthorne Police Department. The Nissan was pulled over on Wagaraw Road near Ryerson Way. Inside the vehicle were two individuals, Amy Baioni a 29 year old woman from Basking Ridge, and Carlos Restrepo, a 28 year old man from Bergenfield. When the officer asked Baioni for her driving credentials, he noticed her behavior as "nervous" and she was reportedly shaking.
The officer asked her to step out of the car to talk. In the course of the officer's questioning, she said she had been in Paterson, visiting a friend for Thanksgiving, but could not recall the exact location. On asking the passenger, he, too, said they had been in Paterson but didn't know where.
The officer obtained consent to conduct a search of the car from the driver and found "empty glassine envelopes in the driver’s side door along with various pills in a cigarette pack". A search of the trunk area of the car turned up "a bundle of heroin and syringes".
Both individuals were arrested and taken to the Hawthorne Police Department for processing. Baioni was charged with "Possession of Heroin; Possession of Prescription Drugs Less Than 4 Doses; Possession of Hypodermic Syringes; Possession of Drug Paraphernalia". She was further charged with vehicular violations: "Obstruction of View; Improper Display; Failure to Notify DMV; Possession of a Narcotic in a Motor Vehicle".
Restrepo was charged with "Possession of Heroin".
The Hawthorne Police Department said that "A criminal complaint is merely an accusation. Despite these accusations, the defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt."
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