A New Jersey man was arrested on drug charges after a traffic stop in Wayne on March 7. The incident happened shortly after 2 a.m. Wayne Police said they were patrolling the area around Route 23 and North Leg Road when they observed a vehicle making an illegal U-turn. After pulling the vehicle over for a traffic stop, officers allegedly witnessed a male passenger shoving something down the rear of his pants.

Officers also claimed certain drug paraphernalia often associated with heroin use was in plain sight when they shined a flashlight in the car. A search of the 22-year-old passenger, a Riverdale resident, allegedly turned up four hypodermic needles and seven unused glassine bags of suspected heroin. He was arrested and charged with possession of heroin, possession of hypodermic needles, possession of drug paraphernalia and being under the influence of heroin.

He was also found to have an outstanding warrant as well. The female driver of the car, a juvenile, was also arrested. Juvenile complaints were filed against her, and she was turned over to her family.

Anyone facing drug charges may benefit by exercising their right to remain silent and retaining a criminal defense attorney as quickly as possible. Having an attorney present during police questioning could prevent a defendant from accidentally making statements that could be used against them in court. In addition to protecting a defendant’s rights, legal counsel could review the case for inconsistencies and suggest defense strategies specific to the details of the case. In some circumstances, an attorney may recommend accepting a plea deal that mitigates some of the charges.

Source: Wayne Patch, “Cops: Illegal U-Turn Turns into Drug Arrest,” Natalie Mieles, March 10, 2015