FAIRFIELD, NJ — A 35-year-old man from Philadelphia and a 19-year-old Parsippany woman were both recently arrested by Fairfield police last week for possession of controlled dangerous substances.

A retired Fairfield police officer who was travelling on Route 80 West on Oct. 8 contacted the police department reporting that a tractor-trailer was driving erratically and was about to enter Fairfield. According to police, Sgt. Frank Tracey and Officer Daniel Moran responded and observed a truck that was pulling a trailer, failing to maintain its lane.

The officers then initiated a traffic stop and identified the driver as Daniel Hannigan, 35, of Philadelphia, PA, who allegedly had “track marks” on both of his forearms. As the investigation continued, police said the officers recovered two glassine folds and two plastic capsules containing suspected heroin, hypodermic syringes, one and a half Xanax tablets, a small quantity of suspected marijuana and assorted drug paraphernalia.

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Hannigan passed filed sobriety tests that were administered while at police headquarters. He was ultimately charged with possession of heroin, possession of less than 50 grams of marijuana, possession of hypodermic syringes and possession of drug paraphernalia. In addition, he received motor vehicle summonses for possessing a CDS in a motor vehicle, failing to maintain a lane and careless driving.

“This was an extremely dangerous situation and I commend our former officer for the actions taking in protecting all motorists driving through Fairfield,” said Fairfield Police Chief Anthony G. Manna.

On the morning before, at approximately 9:04 a.m., a concerned citizen contacted the police department and requested that officers check on the condition of a female at the Target located on Route 46. Jessica Faber, 19, of Parsippany was later arrested for being under the influence of a controlled dangerous substance, possession of less than 50 grams of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

According to police, the caller stated that she observed the female having difficulty walking prior to entering a vehicle, where she was then seen holding a pink plastic bag containing a white powder. The female appeared to be nodding off in the car, police said. Officer Christopher Yoo and Sgt. John McGrory responded.

Upon arrival, police said the individual had difficulty keeping her balance, slurred speech, was slow in responding to their basic questions, and in their opinion, appeared to be under the influence of a controlled dangerous substance.

As the investigation continued, the officers recovered a small quantity of suspected marijuana and a pink plastic bag containing the residue of a white powdery substance, believed to have been cocaine, and a smoking pipe, according to police.

The individual was identified as Faber, who was placed under arrest and transported to police headquarters.

Both individuals were eventually released on their own recognizance pending court action. It should be noted that the charges against both are merely allegations and that they are presumed innocent until they either plead guilty or are found guilty in a court of law.