WEST ORANGE, NJ — West Orange police arrested an Irvington woman on drug charges last week after she was found in possession of 67 bags of crack cocaine. The arrest occurred after the Street Crimes Unit had spent several days monitoring suspected narcotics activity in the area of Mount Pleasant Avenue.
According to a report from the West Orange Police Department, Heather Nicole Holley of Irvington was arrested Sept. 13 after she was discovered during a traffic stop in possession of crack cocaine.
The police report said that on that Friday evening, at around 9:30 p.m., officers observed a red 2018 Nissan Sentra with New York license plates pulling into a shared driveway, parking a few feet from the street and turning off the headlights. When the driver did not get out of the car, the observing officer suspected that a drug transaction may be imminent.
A white male was then observed approaching the Nissan, handing the driver money and receiving a small item in return, an item that the man placed in his pocket. When the driver pulled out of the driveway and drove off, police pursued and conducted a traffic stop at the corner of Mount Pleasant and Brennan.
When Det. Kearns approached the driver's side window, he asked the driver, Holley, for her license and noticed that she was wearing a "fanny pack style" bag around her waist which was open in the front. Kearns observed 25 individually wrapped cellophane bags of "white rocky substances" in the larger bag. Holley was placed under arrest.
When Det. Dominguez arrived to assist Det. Kearns, Holley told them that there was more crack cocaine, ecstasy and marijana in the Nissan black book. Kearns also found a bag of marijuana in a bowling ball bag in the trunk of the Nissan.
Police report that the total amount of crack cocaine seized was 67 bags that weighed approximately 32 grams.
Holley was held in the West Orange jail before being transported to the Essex County Correctional Facility in Newark.