RIDGEFIELD, N.J. – A Ridgefield police sergeant found dozens of fake credit cards and bogus driver's licenses from different states when he stopped a North Carolina ID thief's speeding pickup truck before dawn, authorities said.
Ramon E. Azular III, 29, also wasn't maintaining a lane when Sgt. Edward Schaefer stopped his Texas-registered 2017 Nissan Frontier on southbound Broad Avenue just after 1:30 a.m. Tuesday, Deputy Police Chief Robert Meurer said.
Approaching the pickup, Schaefer “detected a strong odor of raw marijuana,” Meurer said.
The sergeant allowed Azular to retrieve his credentials from a backpack on a rear seat – inside which Schaefer could see a plastic container of pot and drug paraphernalia, he said.
Given written and verbal consent for a search, Schaefer found:
- nearly a dozen driver’s licenses in different names from various states -- all with Azular's photo on them;
- dozens of blank credit and debit cards;
- a swipe-machine skimmer that steals victims’ account information so that it can be imprinted on the blank cards;
- the pot and some THC oil.
Schaefer was assisted on-scene by borough Officers Dante Monterosso and Andrew Farelli, along with Bergen County Sheriff’s Officer J. Jimenez and his K-9 Grim, the deputy chief said.
Azular III, meanwhile, remained held Wednesday in the Bergen County Jail pending a detention hearing on a host of identity theft, forgery and drug-possession charges.
He also received six traffic summonses.
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