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SEARCH OF SUSPICIOUS VEHICLE IN RIDGEFIELD LEADS TO MARIJUANA SEIZURE

TO: ALL NEWS MEDIA

FROM: PROSECUTOR GURBIR S. GREWAL

DATE: MARCH 4, 2017

Bergen County Prosecutor Gurbir S. Grewal announced the seizure of thirty pounds of marijuana from a vehicle that was registered in Oklahoma. The seizure is the result of a joint investigation conducted by members of the Bergen County Prosecutor's Office under the direction of Chief Robert ANZILOTTI, the Bergen County Sheriff’s Office under the direction of Sheriff Michael SAUDINO, the Ridgefield Police Department under the direction of Chief Thomas J. GALLAGHER, the United States Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Terence OPIOLA, and the Hackensack Fire Department under the direction of Chief Thomas Freeman.

On March 2, 2017, the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office received information regarding a suspicious white Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck that was parked on a road in Ridgefield, New Jersey, and did not have any license plates attached to it. Members of the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office and Homeland Security Investigations conducted surveillance on this vehicle and observed that the vehicle contained an after-market secret compartment or "trap." The Bergen County Sheriff’s Department K9 Unit was requested to assist with the investigation. Upon its arrival, the drug detection dog conducted a free air sniff around the exterior of the vehicle and provided a positive indication that narcotics were inside the vehicle. A court-authorized search warrant was then obtained for the vehicle and it was towed and secured at the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office. A subsequent search revealed that the truck did in fact contain a trap, which contained thirty pounds of suspected marijuana.

Prosecutor Grewal would like to thank the United States Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), the Bergen County Sheriff’s Office K9 Unit, the Ridgefield Police Department, and the Hackensack Fire Department for their assistance in this investigation.

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