Two unrelated motor vehicle incidents - one report of a slumped-over driver and one routine traffic stop - led to back-to-back heroin arrests in Mahwah over the weekend, township Police Chief Jim Batelli said in a release Tuesday.
First, an anonymous caller reported a possibly intoxicated woman trying to leave the parking lot of a Ramapo Valley Road restaurant in her car, Batelli said.
Responding officer Kevin McCombs found Megan Greer, 21, of Oakland, slumped over the steering wheel of her car, Batelli said. “In plain view” officers also spotted wax paper packets “commonly used to package heroin,” he said.
Cops also found heroin residue and a hypodermic needle on the seat of the car, Batelli said.
According to cops, Greer admitted to snorting heroin before getting in the car, and driving a friend to Suffern, N.Y. before pulling into the Mahwah parking lot.
Greer was arrested and charged with possession of a hypodermic needle and drug paraphernalia, being under the influence of a controlled dangerous substance, and driving while under the influence of a narcotic, Batelli said. Police did not release the name of the restaurant.
Also over the weekend, Mahwah Officer Jonathan Weber pulled a black Acura over on Franklin Turnpike for running a stop sign, Batelli said. While talking to the driver and passenger, Weber found “narcotic contraband,” in the car, Batelli said.
After an investigation, cops found that the passenger, Krystina Tracey Vaughan, 21, of North Arlington, had two decks of “brownish-white powder believed to be heroin,” that were stamped “Sweet” and “Tapout" in the car, Batelli said. Cops also found marijuana paraphernalia and resideue, Batelli said.
Vaughan was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of heroin and released on her own recognizance, Batelli said. No charges were filed against the driver of the car, police said.