FAIRFIELD, NJ — Recent arrests in Fairfield have included Fairfield and Roseland residents who were arrested for various drug-related offenses, a Paterson resident who was arrested for failing to turn over a controlled dangerous substance and a Pennsylvania resident who was arrested for eluding police and driving under the influence.
Christian Centeno, 24, of Fairfield, and Julia Riedmuller, 19, of Roseland were arrested on Wednesday for various drug-related offenses after Fairfield officers executed a search warrant at Centeno’s Horseneck Road residence. During the course of the investigation, authorities seized approximately 1.5 pounds of suspected marijuana, approximately $4,200 in cash and various items of drug paraphernalia.
According to police, officers also found a small marijuana grow operation in the basement that was inside of a grow tent and had lighting, a ventilation system and a fan. Four suspected marijuana plants were found. Authorities also reported that suspected marijuana and related paraphernalia were found in Riedmuller’s pocketbook. Both individuals were transported to headquarters for processing.
Centeno was charged with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, possession with intent to distribute within 1,000 feet of a school zone, possession of more than 50 grams of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was released on his own recognizance pending court action.
Riedmuller was charged with possession of less than 50 grams of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. She was also released on her own recognizance pending court action.
“The Fairfield Police Department will continue to aggressively seek out and arrest anyone engaged in the illegal distribution of controlled dangerous substances (CDS),” said Police Chief Anthony Manna.
This case was investigated by Detective Sergeant Jeffrey Didyk and Detective Jeffrey Dean.
Uber Passenger Arrested for Warrants and Drugs
Earlier this month, Katherine Torres, 26, of Paterson, was arrested in Fairfield for failing to turn over CDS to the police and possession of drug paraphernalia.
According to the Fairfield Police Department, Officer James Ciampi stopped a vehicle on Hollywood Avenue for having tinted windows. In speaking with the driver, Ciampi discovered that the vehicle was an Uber car service and that the back seat customer was going to an address in Fairfield.
The officer noticed that this individual, later identified as Torres, did not have her seatbelt on. When he requested identification from Torres, she stated that she not have any but provided the officer with her name and other identifying information, according to police.
A computer check revealed that Torres was wanted by the Morris County Sheriff’s Department and also had other outstanding warrants from the Little Falls and Hasbrouck Heights Municipal Courts.
After placing Torres under arrest, officers found suspected cocaine in her purse and transported her to headquarters for processing. She was charged and eventually released on her own recognizance pending court action.
Pennsylvania Driver Arrested for Eluding Police and Driving Under Influence
Richard Edelmann, 34, of Hawley, Penn. was arrested for eluding police and driving under the influence (DUI) just after midnight on Aug. 7 following a pursuit of his motor vehicle.
According to the Fairfield Police Department, Officer David Lagan was monitoring traffic on Route 46 West when he observed a 2010 BMW allegedly travelling at 68 miles per hour (MPH) in a posted 50 MPH zone in violation of the speeding statute.
When Lagan pulled onto the highway and attempted to catch up with the vehicle, he reported that the BMW continued to increase its speed. The officer then activated his emergency lights, but the driver continued to disregard Lagan’s attempt to stop it and began to accelerate, initiating a pursuit.
As the pursuit continued west on Route 46, the BMW then attempted to go around another vehicle in the area of Plymouth Street and struck a curb with its front right tire, according to police.
The BMW then suddenly pulled into the parking lot of No. 67, followed by the officer. The police cruiser then blocked the BMW as it attempted to back up out of the lot.
Other Fairfield officers the arrived on scene, identified the driver as Edelmann and took him into custody along with a front-seat passenger who was later released without charges.
During the course of the investigation, officers found two bottles of open Captain Morgan rum and two small opened bottles of flavored vodka in the vehicle. In speaking with Edelmann, the officer also said he detected a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from the driver’s breath.
Based upon the results of field sobriety testing and the totality of the circumstances, the officer had probable cause to believe that Edelmann was operating his vehicle while under the influence, according to police. Edelmann was then transported to headquarters for processing and for breath testing.
In addition to the eluding police and DUI charges, Edelmann was also charged with nine additional motor vehicle summonses. He was transported to the Essex County Correctional Facility in Newark pending court action.