HAWTHORNE, NJ - Three New Yorkers were arrested on Thursday, August 27, according to the police department, for alleged possession of controlled dangerous substances with intent to distribute, along with endangering the welfare of a child.
When a Hawthorne police officer stopped a 2011 black Jeep Liberty at Goffle Road and Mohawk Avenue for "various violations" the department said that the officer speaking to the driver, Victoria Declemente, "appeared very nervous and advised the officer that she had just bought Spanish food." The officer asked where they went to get it, but said they were unable to answer the question, just that it was "somewhere in Paterson near Ellison Street."
The department stated that officer then asked the driver why she drove hours from Stamford, New York, to get food in Paterson, she admitted it was to purchase drugs.
A passenger, Stephen Donnelly, was asked to step out of the car and officers found a "brick of heroin protruding from his pants pocket," resulting in his arrest. While this was happening, police assert that Anthony Bratvold, a Staten Islander, tried to hide a small backpack under the car's seat. A 2-year old in a car seat was above.
Donnelly was also removed from the car and placed under arrest when 20 bricks of heroin were found in the bag he attempted to hide.
Police said that a total of 1,100 envelopes of heroin were found along with Xanax pills without an prescription. The three adults were taken to police headquarters and charged. The New Jersey Division of Child Protection and Permanency was contacted as well.
As the adults were facing first degree charges, they were transported to the Passaic County Jail.
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