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Drugs & driving don’t mix

By Karen Zautyk

NUTLEY –
Routine motor vehicle checks that led to the discovery of narcotics in the vehicles were among the incidents reported by the Nutley police last week.
Two of the stops occurred on July 12, the first at 1:13 a.m. at Kingsland and Bloomfield Ave. when, during a check of a car operated by 21-year-old Ashley Prete of South Plainfield, police reportedly found a bottle of adderall, 15 vials of ketamine, ecstasy, Xanax and suspected steroids.
Both Prete and her passenger, Daniele Damato, 25, of Saddle Brook were charged with possession of a controlled dangerous substance and possession with intent to distribute within 500 feet of a public park.
At 6:40 p.m., a hit by PAGIS, the onboard computer system that checks license plates, led police to stop an auto driven by Deann Harrity, 20, of Montclair, who was reportedly wanted on multiple warrants totaling $1,500. Police said they also found a burnt marijuana cigarette in the console and several Percocet and Vicodin pills. Harrity was charged with possession of marijuana and paraphernalia; her passenger, Beatrice Lizaso, 21, of North Arlington, was charged with three counts of possession of a dangerous substance.
On July 15, at 12:11 a.m., an officer patrolling the side streets checked on a parked motor vehicle on Howe Ave. occupied by three individuals, one of whom appeared to be concealing something. Passenger Timothy Owens, 20, of Nutley was charged with possession of marijuana, hypodermic needles, a CDS and drug paraphernalia. The other two occupants have not been charged.
Other incidents on the Nutley PD blotter for the week ending July 15 included, but were not limited to, the following reports.

To read the full story, see this week’s issue of The Observer.

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