LIVINGSTON, NJ — A random license plate check of a Mercedes Benz that was parked at 7-Eleven on the corner of South Livingston Avenue and Belmont Drive on Jan. 29 ultimately led to a drug arrest, according to police.
Livingston officer Andrew Danielsen, who was on patrol in the area at the time, discovered that the plate displayed on the Mercedes was actually registered to a 1969 Pontiac. Closer inspection of the license plates also revealed that both had been altered to change one of the letters from an “E” to an “F.”
According to police, the driver—identified during a motor vehicle stop as Lori Weitz, 39, of Livingston—claimed that the car belonged to an acquaintance.
After obtaining consent to search the car, the officer located 17 wax folds of suspected heroin along with a cut straw and razor blade, and Weitz was placed under arrest. During a search, an additional four folds of heroin were found in her possession.
According to police, Weitz was released on a summons after being charged with possession of heroin and possession of drug paraphernalia. The registered vehicle owner, Jason Nazario of Brooklyn, was issued summonses for fictitious plates and failure to possess insurance.
Earlier that night, Livingston police responded to the parking lot of the Aldi Supermarket at 277 Eisenhower Parkway on reports of a car fire. Upon arrival, police found the car to be fully engulfed in flames with the driver, a Livingston resident, standing nearby.
According to police, the driver told officers that she was sitting in her car when a woman came running over and told her the car was on fire. Police said the woman was able to safely exit the car without injuries.