Two 17-year-old boys hanging around behind Arturo’s Pizza in Montclair obviously weren’t undercover, but a detective responding to a complaint about suspected drug activity was. Here’s what was happening last night around 7pm, in the Bellevue/Lorraine parking lot according to the MPD:
An undercover detective who was sent to investigate juveniles loitering at the back of Arturo’s Pizza watched as a group of kids appeared to be exchanging money for small objects. Two of the individuals then left the group to enter their parked Red Hyundai.
Deputy Chief of Police Perry Mayers told us: The detective observed the passenger taking out a plastic bag and inhaling a white powdery substance. How could the detective see juveniles? He was sitting in his car, parked right next to them!”
The detective then had the passenger get out of the car and placed the suspect under arrest. The driver was searched and found in possession of seven antidepressants (Lexapro) 6 sedatives (Sonatas) and a bag of pot. Two boys were taken into custody, and soon after, a search of the car turned up a digital scale and cocaine powder in the glove compartment.
The youths were charged with possession of cocaine, possession with intent to distribute, possession with intent to distribute near a school, possession with intent to distribute near a public park, possession of drug paraphernalia, and one of the guys was charged with possession of marijuana. The Juvenile Detention Center in Newark took custody of the youths last night.