A quiet, tree-lined drug bust

LYNDHURST

A township couple was arrested last week at their Summit Ave. home in connection with the alleged distribution of narcotics from the residence, authorities reported.

Taken into custody, without incident, on Monday, July 25, were Lorenzo J. Tripodi, 38, and his wife, Casey C. Tripodi, 34, following a joint investigation by the Lyndhurst Police Department and members of the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office.

According to a statement by Prosecutor Gurbir S. Grewal, that investigation had been launched earlier in the month “regarding the distribution of various controlled dangerous substances from the residence,” and a search warrant was authorized.

On July 25, a Rutherford woman, Ilana Goldstein, 24, was stopped by police after she was seen leaving the Tripodis’ home and was found to be in possession of suspected heroin, Grewal’s office said. Shortly thereafter, county and local law enforcement executed the search warrant and reportedly seized suspected cocaine and heroin, drug paraphernalia and a firearm from the home.

Lorenzo Tripodi was charged with possession with intent to distribute cocaine and heroin and possession of the weapon. He was remanded to the Bergen County Jail in lieu of $100,000 bail.

Casey Tripodi was charged with possession with intent to distribute heroin and was released on her own recognizance. Goldstein was also released on her own recognizance, on a charge of heroin possession.

All three are scheduled to appear Aug. 10 in Central Municipal Court in Hackensack.

 — Karen Zautyk

Karen Zautyk | Observer Correspondent