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Palisades Interstate Parkway police seize 400 bags of heroin, arrest two from upstate NY


YOU READ IT HERE FIRST: Palisades Interstate Parkway police seized nearly a third of a pound of heroin and arrested a pair of 22-year-old men from upstate New York men following a traffic stop yesterday.

Officer Michael Griffin stopped a blue 2013 Acura for having tinted windows and brake light covers on the northbound Palisades Interstate Parkway near Exit 2 in Alpine around 4 p.m., Police Chief Michael Coppola said this morning.

The smell of burnt marijuana wafted from the front passenger window, so Griffin called for backups and was joined by Officers Greg Kimbro, Martin Clancy and Timothy Conboy, Coppola said, he said.

A search of the passenger, Joel Bruno of Newburg, turned up a switchblade, while a consented search of the car produced 400 wax folds of heroin — worth roughly $6,600 on the street — along with a bag of marijuana, rolling papers and a rolling machine in a black plastic bag behind the driver’s seat, the chief said.

Bruno and the driver, fellow Newburg resident Ivan Hernandez-Luis, were both charged with possession of the heroin — along with intending to distribute it — as well as possession of the marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

Hernandez-Luis, meanwhile, received summonses for having illegally tinted window and tail lights, obstructed license plates and having drugs in a motor vehicle, among other offenses.

Both remained held on $35,000 bail each this morning in the Bergen County Jail.


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