According to authorities, the 23-year-old suspect was seen by detectives with the Essex County Sheriff’s Office Bureau of Narcotics. The detectives were in the process of conducting surveillance operations near Franklin Street and Willard Avenue in Bloomfield NJ when they saw the suspect.
Detectives reportedly watched the suspect drive by and stop in a car, a 2002 Chevrolet Impala.
Police detained the suspect and later executed a search warrant to search the suspect’s vehicle. Police also searched the suspect’s knapsack, which he was reportedly carrying as he got out of the car.
Detectives searched the trunk of the suspect’s car and allegedly discovered a large amount of illegal narcotics. A search of the suspect’s bag reportedly led to police finding 459 decks of heroin and two vials of crack cocaine.
According to law enforcement, the estimated street value of the illegal drugs found in the suspect’s vehicle and knapsack is approximately $5,000.
The suspect was charged with a number of drug offenses, including possession of heroin, possession of cocaine, and possession with intent to distribute heroin. Additionally, the suspect was charged with possession with intent to distribute heroin near a school because the arrest was made within 1,000 feet of a Bloomfield school.
After being placed under arrest and processed, the suspect was moved to the Essex County Correctional Facility in Newark, New Jersey. He was being held at the correctional facility on a $150,000 bail amount.
For further information about this case, check out the NJ.com article entitled “Newark Man Busted with $5,000 in Drugs in Car Trunk, Officials Say.”