On 11/2/12 at 12:05a.m., Newton Police responded to a report of a suspicious vehicle within the parking lot of Swartswood Gardens Apartments.
Patrols located and stopped the vehicle in question within the lot of the complex. Based on the officer’s observations, a K9 from the Sussex County Sheriff’s Department was requested and responded. As a result, a K-9 “sniff” was conducted and alerted to the presence of a controlled dangerous substance within the vehicle.
A subsequent search of the vehicle revealed the operator, Thomas Bacolas, age 26 of Marlene Lane, Newton was in possession of 73 bags of heroin, 3 hypodermic syringes and assorted prescription medications and drug paraphernalia.
Bacolas was arrested, processed and released after being charged with the following offenses:
N.J.S. 2C:36-6A - Possession of a Hypodermic Syringe (D.P. Offense)
N.J.S. 2C:36-2 - Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (D.P. Offense)
N.J.S. 2C:35-10.5E(1) - Possession of a Prescription Legend Drug w/o a Prescription (D. P. Offense)
N.J.S. 2C:35-10.5E(2) - Possession of a Prescription Legend Drug w/o a Prescription (4th Degree)
N.J.S. 2C:35-10a(1) - Possession of a Controlled Dangerous Substance (3rd Degree) 3 Counts
Ptl. Steve VanNieuwland, Ptl. Scott King, Ptl. Dan Smith of the Newton Police Department.
Officer Kiernan McMorrow and his K9 “Atlas” of the Sussex County Sheriff’s Department.