PROSPECT PARK, NJ - The Prospect Park Police Department issued a statement, saying that Officer Timothy Barkho and Ariosto Rodriguez, a Class II Special Officer--both relatively new to the force--stopped a Nissan Rogue for speeding and failure to come to a stop before a stop sign on Shady Street on Monday, August 17.

When the officers approached the vehicle, a "strong odor of marijuana" was detected coming from inside the car.  The driver, a Bloomfield man, allegedly admitted to the officers that he had marijuana in his vehicle.  When the officers searched the Nissan, they found 666 grams of suspected marijuana, 56 grams of suspected THC oil cartridges individually packed, plus $4,872.00 in cash, which the police siezed as "suspected drug proceeds."

The driver was charged and released with a pending judicial processing court date.

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Mayor Mohamed Khairullah praised the officers and their actions, saying, "I would like to commend our two newly hired officers for having an immediate impact in keeping our community safe.  Their diligent efforts led to the prevention of these narcotics from being distributed on our streets as it is a continued priority and commitment of our police department and administration to bring the very best to preserve and protect the highest quality of life for our residents and borough community at-large."

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