‘Ninja Turtles’ slowed up drug suspects

Two East Orange men who abandoned their car in a Kearny intersection following an accident ended up in the county jail thanks to some “Ninja Turtles,” police reported.

The adventure began at 2 p.m. on Jan. 3 when Officer Rich Carbone found an unoccupied 2008 Honda sitting in the middle of the intersection of Highland and Oakwood Aves. It apparently had become disabled after hitting two parked cars.

Police said that witnesses described two men who had fled on foot south on Highland.

A BOLO was issued, and Officer Jay Ward spotted the pair “huddled around some bushes” on a residential lawn about a block away, “frantically” emptying their pockets, Chief John Dowie said.

They reportedly attempted to run but were caught. And Ward, police said, recovered “numerous” packets of drugs, specifically: 45 glassine folds of heroin stamped “Ninja Turtles” and 13 bags of cocaine.

Both men, driver Gibril Young, 23, and passenger Jamil Ware, 22, were arrested on charges of heroin and cocaine possession.

In addition, Young was charged with motor vehicle offenses: driving while suspended, driving without insurance, leaving the scene of an accident, careless driving and operating a motor vehicle while in possession of a CDS. Police said he also had two outstanding warrants from East Orange. B

ail for each suspect was set at $25,000, and they were remanded to the Hudson County Jail.

– Karen Zautyk

The Observer Staff