FAIRFIELD, NJ — A 20-year-old Somerset man was arrested on Route 80 in Fairfield on Tuesday for a variety of narcotics related offenses after police discovered 1.5 pounds of suspected marijuana, a plastic bag containing suspected cocaine, a plastic bag containing suspected khat, three digital scales, a heat-sealing machine, plastic sandwich bags, a commercial money-counting machine and $2,893 in cash within the his vehicle.
Eduardo Ruiz-Vergara’s vehicle was stopped at approximately 12:33 p.m. when Officer Steven Ptaszynski observed him driving several motor vehicle equipment violations, including having tinted windows, no front license plate and an expired inspection sticker. While speaking with Ruiz-Vergara, the officer detected a pungent odor of raw marijuana coming from the interior of the vehicle.
Further investigation led to the discovery of the aforementioned items of contraband, and Ruiz-Vergara was placed under arrest without incident, according to police.
Ruiz-Vergara was charged with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, possession of cocaine, possession of khat and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was also charged with several motor vehicle offenses.
According to police, he was eventually released on his own recognizance pending court action in Newark.