Fort Lee NJ Police Arrest NY Man Accused of Possessing Heroin Valued at $750K
Fort Lee NJ police recently arrested a NY man accused of hiding heroin in a secret car compartment.
According to authorities, a Fort Lee detective pulled over a 2007 Toyota Camry for committing a traffic violation. The traffic offense reportedly occurred on Bergen Boulevard near Hazlitt Street in Fort Lee, New Jersey.
When the officer ran a vehicle check, he learned that the car was registered to a man who lives in Philadelphia, PA. The 44-year-old driver told police that he borrowed the car from a friend; however, he was unable to provide the officer with his friend’s name.
Fort Lee police later conducted a search of the car and allegedly discovered a hidden compartment inside the car. According to law enforcement, the compartment could be accessed via the center console.
A search of the compartment reportedly turned up three kilograms of heroin. The heroin is said to have an estimated street value of approximately $750K.
The suspect was placed under arrest and charged with heroin distribution.
If the suspect is ultimately convicted on the drug charges, he faces significant penalties. As set forth by N.J.S.A. 2C:35-5, distribution of even a trace amount of heroin is classified as a third degree crime and carries a sentence of 3-5 years in NJ State Prison.
After being arrested and processed, the suspect was transported to the Bergen County Jail in Hackensack, New Jersey. His bail was set at $250,000.
To learn more about this case, check out the NJ.com article entitled “$750K Heroin Stash Found in Secret Car Compartment, Police Say.”