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65 Pounds of Pot Found in Couple's Trunk, Cops Say

The marijuana was shrink-wrapped and wrapped in duct-taped bundles, police said.

A couple from Massachusetts is being held on $200,000 bail after Mahwah Police allegedly found about 65 pounds of marijuana wrapped in shrink wrap and duct tape hidden in the trunk of their car, Chief Jim Batelli said in a release this weekend.

According to Batelli, Jawara McIntosh, 33, and Carlotta Leslie, 23, both of Dorchester, Mass., were originally pulled over on Route 17 North Friday night when police noticed their Nissan Maxima driving recklessly and cutting off other drivers.

Police received consent to search the vehicle after seeing several open containers of alcohol in the car, talking to McIntosh and Leslie, and believing they were under the influence of drugs, Batelli said.

Cops found two large pieces of luggage in the trunk that smelled like “raw marijuana,” Batelli said.

Inside the suitcases, cops found the three wrapped bundles of marijuana, which combined weighed about 65 pounds, police said.

McIntosh and Leslie, who identified themselves as boyfriend and girlfriend, denied knowing the drugs were in the car, Batelli said. The car had been rented in Massachusetts by a third party, Batelli said.

McIntosh was charged with various possession charges, driving under the influence, driving with a suspended license, being under the influence of a controlled dangerous substance and various motor vehicle charges, Batelli said.

Leslie was charged with various possession charges, Batelli said.

Both were arrested and committed to the Bergen County Jail on $200,000 bail each, Batelli said.

Batelli said both have prior arrest records—McIntosh on disorderly persons, assault, resisting arrest, and promoting prostitution charges, and Leslie on resisting arrest, assault on a police officer, assault, and prostitution charges.

Police said they are continuing to investigate the incident.

Mahwah Police Officer David Vega conducted the motor vehicle stop, and Officers Richard Albro and Timathy Letavish assisted in the arrest.

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Waldo Lydecker June 16, 2013 at 05:02 PM
Makes my eyes red just thinking about it.
Hank June 16, 2013 at 05:57 PM
Massachusetts has the worst drivers.
JoyS June 17, 2013 at 03:57 AM
Poor Mahwah gets all the crap.
Kay Poulas June 19, 2013 at 01:10 PM
Thats why people are leaving the county and state? Whats the purpose of paying all those taxes and still have to be subjected to ghetto living !!
Lee Tolson October 12, 2013 at 11:21 AM
Your article repeats, without your independent investigation, serious misrepresentations of the facts. Jawara McIntosh has no criminal record. Yet this article ignored the facts in the matter, and instead repeated unsubstantiated falsehoods by Police Chief Batelli: —Batelli said both have criminal records. Mcintosh “had been arrested for disorderly persons offenses, assault, resisting arrest, and promoting prostitution,” while Leslie “had been arrested for resisting arrest, assault on a police officer, assault and prostitution,” he said.— Ask Batelli to back up his statement. He won’t be able to. Did you do your own research? Batelli’s allegation is slanderous, and completely without merit. It seems you just took the word of the police at face value, and forgot to follow up. If you had, you would have immediately realized the statement by Chief Batelli, about McIntosh’s and Leslie’s supposed criminal history was false and libelous… wondered why the lie was told, and then you might have had an additional story on your hand. The vile and completely fabricated allegations by Chief Batelli, (who knew better), which were printed, without scrutiny, by your paper, have already damaged Jawara’s ability to defend himself. We request an immediate retraction, and an equally immediate update to the online articles expunging this extremely unfortunate error. As a new outlet covering the municipal beat, you should know that cards are being stacked against Jawara McIntosh, and that the police don’t always tell the truth. I am sorry that you had what I trust was an unwitting part in this slander, and await your retraction. Sincerely, Lee Tolson CPUnite.org

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