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Pound of Marijuana Seized in Christmas Weekend Drug Arrest

Police say they discovered more than a pound of pot in a car two men were driving though Mahwah early Sunday morning

Early holiday celebrations for two New York men were cut short early Sunday morning after they were caught driving through Mahwah with more than a pound of marijuana, according to Mahwah Police.

Adriel Ortiz, 31, of Fresh Meadows, N.Y., and Virgil Zamora, 27, of Rego Park, N.Y., were arrested at about 2:30 a.m. the day before Christmas Eve after Mahwah Police Officer Kevin Tielemans pulled their Honda over on East Ramapo Avenue for a “routine motor vehicle violation,” Chief Jim Batelli said Monday.

Visible remnants of marijuana and a “strong odor” prompted Tielemans to search the vehicle, Batelli said.

Ortiz was charged with possession of marijuana and intent to distribute and Zamora was charged with a lesser possession charge and a drug paraphernalia charge after cops found more than a pound of marijuana in the car, Batelli said.

A woman who was riding in the back seat of the car at the time it was pulled over was not charged with any crimes, though police said their investigation is ongoing.

Police Officer John Lange assisted on the scene.

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stan "the mann" mann December 24, 2012 at 06:06 PM
They don't call it dope for nothing.
ClayporkmeatMann December 24, 2012 at 07:31 PM
That some crazy crap right there brother.
Malcolm Kyle December 25, 2012 at 10:47 AM
Prohibitionists literally don't give a damn about the welfare of individual citizens. That's you, me, and everyone you care about. They don't care even when their failed policy puts their own families in danger by destroying the economy and bank-rolling criminals and terrorists. The prohibitionist onslaught appears to be simply a war directed at all of us. America, it is time to wake up! Prohibition is a cultural and economic assault on your money, on your careers, on your ability to put food on the table, have shelter, cloth yourself, and even survive or self-medicate. The fiscal cliff isn't the crisis—Prohibitionist control over America's politics and government is! During alcohol prohibition, all profits went to enrich criminals and corrupt politicians. Young men died every day on inner-city streets while battling over turf. A fortune was wasted on enforcement that could have gone on education, etc. On top of the budget-busting prosecution and incarceration costs, billions in taxes were lost. Finally, the economy collapsed. Sound familiar? Prohibitionists, and their criminal friends who live in a crack-house called Congress, are having a ball and it's all on our tab.

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