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Code violation turns into narcotics raid.


P.O. John Tarantino observed a large camper in the driveway of a residential property, on the 700 block of Lincoln, where an individual appeared to have taken up temporary residence. While the officer was attempting to gather information about the vehicle for a referral to the Borough Code Enforcement Official,  he learned that the owner of the camper was a wanted fugitive with a no bail warrant issued by the Passaic County Superior Court. The individual in question, a 53-year-old man formerly of Lodi and Glen Rock, was subsequently taken into custody and detained for the Passaic County Sheriff’s Department.

During the course of this investigation P.O. Tarantino suspected narcotics activity was taking place inside the camper. After obtaining a search warrant from a Superior Court Judge, a search of the camper was conducted. Officers recovered a brick of heroin, 5 loose glassine folds of heroin, numerous pills believed to be pain killers, several dozen hypodermic syringes, multiple glass crack pipes with suspected cocaine residue, several thousand empty glassine folds with suspected heroin residue and $10,000 in cash.

Per Chief Dean Ackermann, P.O. Tarantino charged the  owner of the camper with possession of heroin, unlawful possession of prescription controlled dangerous substances, possession of hypodermic syringes and possession of drug paraphernalia. The actor was processed  at the Passaic County Jail where he is currently being detained and will make an appearance before Superior Court Central Judicial Processing in Bergen County.

Assisting with this investigation were Sgt. Robert Wojtecki, Det. Jim Calaski, Det. Mike Trover, P.O. Greg Carter, P.O. Nick Onove and S.O. Hagopian of the Bergen County Sheriff’s Department. The matter of the camper parked in a residential driveway, in violation of the borough’s zoning code, has been referred to the Code Enforcement division of the Building Department for action.

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