PATERSON, NJ - A traffic stop by the Passaic County Sheriff’s Office Fugitive Squad led to two arrests and the discovery of a large amount of suspected heroin, Sheriff Richard H Berdnik announced.

According to a report, the detectives were on patrol in the area of Straight Street and Godwin Avenue at approximately 6:01 p.m. on Saturday when they observed a gray van fail to stop at the intersection.

After pulling the vehicle over at Governor Street  and Paterson Street the detectives approached reported observing the passenger, identified as Jihad King, 28, moving his hands around his stomach as though trying to conceal an item. The detectives also reported smelling a strong odor of marijuana leading to a search.

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During the search detectives reported finding five medium clear sized zip-loc baggies of marijuana in King’s left pocket and 500 glassines envelopes of suspect Heroin in his right jacket pocket.

Both men were placed under arrest with King being charged with two counts each of possession of, and intent to distribute, the drugs while the second suspect, Jose A. Sanchez, 22, was charged with one count of drug possession and two motor vehicle infractions.

King was sent to Passaic County Jail. Sanchez was later released

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