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Mahwah PD: NY Pair Busted On 287 With 250 Heroin Bags Stashed In Car Engine

Scott R. Coopermen, Jessica Miller
Scott R. Coopermen, Jessica Miller Photo Credit: MUGSHOTS: Courtesy MAHWAH PD

MAHWAH, N.J. – A New York State couple had 250 bags of heroin stashed in the engine and a pellet gun in the trunk when a Mahwah police officer stopped their car on Route 287, authorities said.

Officer Christopher Fasulo stopped the 2005 Infiniti for several violations on the northbound highway Tuesday night and was joined by Officer Robert Rapp and K-9 Remco, Police Chief James N. Batelli said.

The driver, 25-year-old Scott R. Coopermen of Pine Bush, and passenger, 33-year-old Jessica Miller of Walden, gave conflicting stories about why they were in the area, the chief said.

Cooperman agreed to a search of the car, where the officers found five bricks of heroin in a vacuum-sealed container -- “to deter a trained narcotic K-9 from detecting it” -- attached to the frame in the engine compartment, Batelli said.

They also found a compressed air pellet gun in the trunk, he said.

Miller was released pending a hearing on drug possession charges.

Coopermen, meanwhile, was taken to the Bergen County Jail – and released by a judge a short time later, pending a hearing, under New Jersey’s 2017 Bail Reform & Speedy Trial Act.

He’s charged with possession of the heroin with the intent to distribute it and weapons possession, among other offenses.

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