PATERSON, NJ - A Paterson man that appeared to be wiling away his time in front of a Paterson liquor store now has an August 23 court date after his Friday arrest.
According to Passaic County Sheriff Richard H. Berdnik, Officer Timothy Convery was on routine patrol in the area of Park Avenue and East 18th Street when he observed a group of five men standing in front of the establishment.
Because of the group’s failure to disperse, Berdnik said, Convery exited his vehicle, and now assisted by other officers, asked each of the men to provide identification. One man, identified as Igacio Ortiz, informed Convery that he had no identification, yet continued to put his hand in his pocket, arousing Convery’s suspicion.
A patdown of Ortiz led to the discovery of the folding knife, the retrieval of which allegedly led Convery to discover 16 small clear baggies containing suspected cocaine as we as a container of “lip balm” which is said to contain an additional 18 baggies of cocaine. Ortiz is also said to have been carrying to oxycodone and $390 in cash.
Ortiz was arrested and charged with several crimes including possession of the weapon and possession, as well as intent to distribute, the drugs.
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