Alleged Cocaine Dealer Arrested on Route 17
New York cousins allegedly presented cops with a fake ID after getting pulled over for speeding
A motor vehicle stopped for speeding on Route 17 led to the arrest of a pair of N.Y. cousins on drug-related charges, Mahwah Police Chief Jim Batelli said Tuesday afternoon.
Isiah Whaley, of Albany, N.Y., was charged with two counts of hindering apprehension, possession of fraudulent documents and possession of marijuana after allegedly presenting police with a fake ID after getting pulled over Tuesday, Batelli said. Whaley was also found to have an active warrant out for his arrest from Maryland “for distribution of cocaine and firearms possession,” Batelli said.
Isiah and his cousin, Nija Whaley, of NYC, were initially pulled over for driving faster than 75 mph on the highway, police said.
Isiah allegedly identified himself to police with a different name than the one on the Virginia driver’s license he presented to police, cops said.
The two cousins were arrested after giving police “conflicting stories” about the false identification, Batelli said. Police found a bag of marijuana in the car, he said.
Nija was charged with possession of CDS and hindering apprehension.
$4,000 was also seized from the car, police said.
Mahwah Officer David Vega conducted the arrests.