TOTOWA — On Tuesday evening, state trooper Erik Tapia pulled his troop car up to his personal vehicle in the parking lot of the Totowa Barracks to prepare for a night on patrol, but he didn’t have to wait for his first official act of the evening. The strong odor of marijuana reached him from several cars away in the same parking lot.
Tapia immediately walked to a 2002 Oldsmobile Intrigue and saw three men and small bags of suspected marijuana in plain sight and made the arrests with the assistance of other troopers from the station.
The trio was waiting for a fourth member of their party who was in the State Police station attempting to pick up paperwork for an impounded car. The men, who had been smoking in the car, were arrested and the car was searched, revealing 15 small plastic bags of marijuana and more than a dozen suspected ecstasy pills, authorities said.
Tamer Abdelrahim, 22, of West Paterson, and Patterson residents Isaias Parrilla, 22, Hensly Nunez, 21, and driver Bernardo Cuevas, 23, were charged with possession of the drugs.
Additionally, Cuevas was turned over to Paterson Police for an outstanding warrant, and Parrilla was turned over Totowa Police for an outstanding warrant. The remaining two were released with their charges, pending court appearances.
The charges against the suspects are merely accusations; they are presumed innocent until proven guilty.
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