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Fairfield Police Report Heroin/DUI Arrests and Attempted Burglary

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FAIRFIELD, NJ — Three individuals were arrested in three separate incidents over the weekend that involved heroin use and possession, driving under the influence (DUI) or both, according to the Fairfield Police Department.

The first incident took place on April 29, 2017 at approximately 3:14 a.m. and involved a single car motor vehicle crash on Route 46 West near Madison Road, where the involved vehicle went airborne and left the roadway—ending up on the lawn of Bell Environmental located at 155 Route 46 West, police said. Officer Daniel Moran arrived on the scene and identified Jose Baez-Nunez, 28, of Paterson as the driver and lone occupant.

As the officer began to investigate the crash, he said Baez-Nunez displayed signs and symptoms consistent with being under the influence to include the strong odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from his breath, slurred speech, bloodshot and watery eyes and droopy eyelids.

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As a result, field sobriety tests were administered and based upon the results, and the totality of the circumstances, Baez-Nunez was placed under arrested and transported to police headquarters so that breath testing could be completed. The individual refused to provide samples of his breath for chemical testing, police said.

He was charged with driving under the influence, refusal to submit to a breath test, DUI in a school zone, reckless and careless driving. He was eventually released on his own recognizance pending court action.

The second incident occurred later the same day when Justin Ngo, 24, of Mountain Lakes, was arrested and charged with failing to make a lawful disposition of a controlled dangerous substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

At approximately 5:35 p.m., Officer David Lagan was dispatched to Once Upon A Child, located at 137 Route 46 West, on an unrelated incident and observed an illegally parked vehicle in the fire zone, partially obstructing pedestrian traffic. The officer said he observed the driver, identified as Ngo, asleep in the driver seat.

When the officer knocked on the window to wake Ngo up, he observed several glassine folds—that the officer suspected to be heroin—stuffed in the steering wheel cover but in plain view. After Ngo was placed under arrest, three Xanax tablets were also discovered.

Both of these individuals were released on their own recognizance pending court action.

The final incident took place at approximately 12:29 a.m. on April 30 on Horseneck Road near the Route 80 overpass. According to police, a caller reported that there was a suspicious vehicle at that location with all its doors open and that the driver was vomiting outside the vehicle and felt he might be intoxicated.

Sgt. Michael Nyhuis and Officer Daniel Moran responded and observed a vehicle parked and running, occupied by an individual later identified as Evan Menconi, 31, of Boonton. When the officers approached the vehicle to speak with him, Menconi displayed signs and symptoms consistent with being under the influence of an opiate to include sweating profusely, watery eyes with constricted pupils, and appearing generally lethargic, police said.

Subsequent to investigation, the officers observed both a cut straw and several glassine folds that they believed contained suspected heroin in plain view within the vehicle. Menconi was placed under arrest and transported to police headquarters, where officers found additional glassine folds containing suspected heroin.

A total of 42 folds were recovered between what was initially found in the car and then on Menconi while at the station.

Due to Menconi’s condition, he was brought to a local hospital for evaluation while remaining in police custody. Upon being cleared, he was returned to police headquarters and charged with possession of a controlled dangerous substance (CDS), possessing a CDS for a purpose other than treatment of sickness or injury as prescribed by a physician and possession of drug paraphernalia.

He was also charged with DUI and was transported to the Essex County Correctional Facility in Newark.

In addition to these weekend incidents, the Fairfield Police Department is also actively investigating an attempted residential burglary that occurred on Big Piece Road in the area of Sylvan Road on April 29 sometime between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m.

According to police, some unknown actor(s) cut the weather stripping and then apparently pried open the door. It does not appear that the actor(s) entered the residence and nothing was reported missing, police said.

Anyone with any information is encouraged to contact the Fairfield Police Department’s Investigative Division at (973) 227-1400. 

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