Police in Pequannock NJ arrested a man who allegedly bought heroin while his young daughter was with him.
According to law enforcement, the 30-year-old suspect drove to Paterson and had his four-year-old child in the car at the time. The suspect reportedly traveled from Passaic NJ to Paterson so that he could purchase heroin.
A Pequannock patrol officer later noticed that the suspect’s vehicle had a broken taillight. The Pequannock NJ police officer stopped the suspect’s vehicle on Route 23 North.
When the cop walked toward the suspect’s car, he detected the odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle. Additionally, the patrol cop noticed that the suspect’s young daughter, a passenger in the vehicle, was not properly seated in a car seat.
A subsequent search of the car allegedly turned up six wax folds of heroin, three Oxycontin pills, four Suboxone pills, and one tablet of Buprenorphine pain reliever.
The suspect, who lives in Passaic NJ, was placed under arrest and charged with multiple crimes, including possession of heroin and endangering the welfare of a child. The suspect was also cited for numerous traffic violations, including failure to maintain lamps, failure to inspect vehicle, failure to use a child restraint, and possession of a controlled dangerous substance (CDS) in a motor vehicle.
After being arrested and processed at Pequannock police headquarters, the suspect was released with a pending court date.
If the suspect is eventually convicted on the most serious charges of heroin possession, he faces severe penalties. As set forth by N.J.S.A. 2C:35-10, possession of even a trace amount of heroin is classified as a third degree felony and can result in a sentence of 3-5 years in New Jersey State Prison.
For more information about this case, view the NJ.com article, “Man Had 4-Year-Old in Car While Buying Heroin in Paterson, Cops Say.”