Sharp-eyed vice detectives patrolling on Schuyler Ave. at 10:30 p.m. last Wednesday, April 29, noticed a passenger in a passing motor vehicle whom they knew to be wanted on an East Newark warrant. They stopped the car and confronted the individual: Jaime Montoya-Ayala, 26, of Harrison.
In a search incident to arrest, police said, the detectives found him to be in possession of vials containing a total of 120 oxycodone pills and 13 alprazolam tablets, plus $605 in cash.
Montoya-Ayala was subsequently charged on nine narcotics counts including two each for illegal possession of prescription drugs, possession with intent to distribute, intent to distribute in a school zone and near a public park, and one for possession of drug paraphernalia.
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Other recent reports from the Kearny police blotter included the following:
At 11 a.m., the Vice Unit arrested Jamal Coote, 28, of Kearny, at Midland and Davis Aves. on a drug warrant out of Harrison. He was booked at headquarters and the Harrison PD was notified.
Patrol units were notified at 1 a.m. that a red van was fleeing south on Davis Ave. following an accident at Davis and Bergen Aves. Officer Frank West stopped it at Davis and Dukes St. and found it to be operated by Franklin Moreno, 36, of Kearny. West also found an odor of alcohol about the driver and saw several open cans of Coors in the vehicle, police said. Following field sobriety tests and an Alcotest, Moreno was charged with DWI, having open containers of alcohol in an MV, and driving with a suspended license.
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Officer Brian Wisely noticed a 2008 Chevy, occupied by two people, parked behind an abandoned building on Passaic Ave. at 7 p.m. Closer inspection revealed two 18-year-old Belleville males — Michele Segreto- Guercio and Nelson Pichardo — reportedly sharing a small marijuana cigar.
Although cautioned not to, Segreto-Guercio threw the cigar into the river, “rendering it unretrievable,” police said. (How it may have rendered the fish is unknown, but since they are Passaic River fish, they have likely consumed worse.) Both teens were charged with possession of a CDS and drug paraphernalia and being under the influence of a CDS. Additionally, Segreto-Guercio was charged with tampering with evidence.
Sgt. Joseph Vulcano pulled over a 2015 Chevy at 9:30 a.m. for failure to yield to a pedestrian at Bergen and Schuyler Aves. Police said the driver, Ryan Scott, 30, of Montclair, was unable to produce a driver’s license — because it had been suspended. He was charged with both MV violations and on two outstanding MV warrants, both from South Plainfield.
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At 4 p.m., vice detectives observed Julio Rodriguez, 24, of Kearny, apparently inspecting a small plastic bag as he strolled near Hoyt and Chestnut Sts. Police said the officers detected the odor of raw marijuana and, when questioned, the subject turned over three plastic baggies of same. He was charged with possession of pot and paraphernalia.
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Officer Richard Carbone was on patrol at 7:20 p.m. when he reportedly detected the odor of marijuana wafting from a passing bicyclist on the Jones Bridge. When stopped and questioned, Elder Herrera, 42, of East Rutherford, turned over a bag of weed and a corncob pipe, police said. He was charged with possession of pot and paraphernalia and was also found to have a warrant from Bergenfield and a nobail warrant from the Bergen County Sheriff’s Office. The BCSO was contacted to take him into their custody. (Editor’s trivia note: Do you know which bridge is the Jones Bridge and for whom it was named?)
At 10 p.m., on the 200 block of Schuyler Ave., vice detectives detained David Darby, 28, of Newark, who was believed to have engaged in an earlier drug transaction and was reportedly found to be clutching a ziplock bag of pot in his fist. Police said Darby was also found to have a $400 criminal warrant from Hoboken and a no-bail probation- violation warrant from the Essex County Sheriff’s Office. He was charged on the drug violations and held on $10,000 bail until Essex authorities picked him up.
At 9:30 p.m., vice officers notice two individuals “huddled” near a parked car at Wilson Ave. and Belgrove Drive. Approaching the vehicle, they reportedly saw Evette Taylor, 48, of Newark, discard several items onto the sidewalk. Police said these turned out to be a knotted plastic bag of suspected crack cocaine and four empty wax folds. A search incident to arrest produced three glass pipes, police said. Taylor was charged with possession of coke and paraphernalia.
– Karen Zautyk