Officers attempted to stop Ronald James, 35, who was driving erratically near Mercer Street and South Main Street in Phillipsburg on Wednesday, police said.
James was pulled over after a brief pursuit and quickly fled from the vehicle with his passenger, Kalib Ruta, 20, police said.
James, of Easton, and Ruta, of Bethlehem, were subsequently found in the backyard of a home on South Main Street, where a search turned up 280 suspected heroin bags and $4,246 in cash, police said.
Both were arrested and charged with possession and distribution of heroin.
They were being held at the Warren County Correctional Center pending a hearing.
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