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4 detained for alleged parking lot drug deal

Elmwood Park police reported that four people were detained in a supermarket parking lot for an alleged drug deal on Jan. 9. The incident reportedly occurred around 5:00 p.m. in the Broadway Pathmark parking lot.

Officers indicated they witnessed an allegedly suspicious-looking vehicle pull into the parking lot. Officers stated they then saw another vehicle pull into the lot next to the first vehicle. After reportedly witnessing an exchange take place between people inside of the two vehicles, officers moved in.

Upon searching the people and the vehicles, officers indicated they found 50 packets of heroin, a box-cutter and a half-ounce of cocaine in one vehicle. Two people inside of that vehicle, a 49-year-old woman and a 45-year-old man, were both arrested. Also taken into custody were the two individuals in the other vehicle, a 31-year-old Clifton man and a 26-year-old Hamburg woman. They were both charged with possession of drugs and possession of drug paraphernalia, while the other two are facing charges of possession with intent to distribute and possession of drugs. The 45-year-old man was additionally charged with a weapons offense for having the box-cutter. The four were all released from custody on their own recognizance.

While drug charges all carry potentially severe penalties, possession with intent to distribute drugs is treated much more seriously than simple possession charges. People who are facing drug cases may want to get help from a criminal defense attorney for assistance with building their defenses to the allegations. Attorneys may be able to challenge evidence held in a case and seek suppression of it in the event there is a problem with how a search, seizure or stop was conducted by police. Attorneys may also be able to help mitigate a case and negotiate a lesser plea with the prosecutor.

Source: NJ.com, "Police: 4 charged in Elmwood Park supermarket parking lot drug deal", Noah Cohen, Jan. 10, 2015

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