Late Wednesday night, Bloomfield Police officers arrested three men and a woman with 31 bags of Heroin and 31 vials of Crack Cocaine in their car. The vehicle, driven by Petrushka Jean, age 21, of South Orange, was seen speeding on Bloomfield Avenue in Bloomfield and running a red light near the Bloomfield-Belleville border by Bloomfield Police Anti Crime Unit officers Nicolae Toader and Frank Falco, who were driving an unmarked police vehicle. When they stopped the vehicle and asked the driver to present identification, they smelled a strong odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle, and radioed for a supervisor to arrive. Sgt. Michael Moleski arrived and authorized the search of the car for marijuana. The passengers exited the vehicle, and during the search, Officer Falco located a glassine enveloped of suspected Heroin.
After discovering the Controlled Dangerous Substance (CDS), the three officers handcuffed Jean, and the three passengers, Tyquan Clark, age 19, of East Orange, Derrick Jones, age 21, of Irvington, and Devonte Rouse, age 20, of Newark, who initially gave officers a false name on two occasions. Mrs. Jean authorized the officers to conduct an in-depth search of the car as additional police units arrived, and spoke with the four suspects. After running the information of the driver and passengers it was discovered that a warrant had been issued for Mr. Clark in East Orange, and Mrs. Jean in Madison, New Jersey.
All arrestees were placed in separate Bloomfield Police Department patrol vehicles and transported back to police headquarters. During the transport Mr. Rouse attempted to leave behind a ziplock bag containing contraband, which was discovered upon arrival, containing 30 glassine envelopes with two distinct markings, of CDS Heroin, and 31 glass vials with two distinct markings, of CDC Crack Cocaine.
Mr. Rouse, who had previously been charged in 2016 with possession of a CDS with intent to distribute, was charged with possession of CDS Heroin, possession of CDS Crack Cocaine, possession with intent to distribute CDS Heroin and Crack Cocaine, possession within 500 feet of Millbank Park, and Hindering. He has been transferred to the Essex County Correctional Facility while awaiting trial.
At Bloomfield Police headquarters, Clark posted his own bail on the outstanding East Orange warrant and was given a new East Orange Municipal Court date. Jean was turned over to the Madison Police Department and Jones was charged with failure to make lawful disposition, and released and with a Bloomfield Municipal Court date and summons.
“The suspects were pulled over for a routine traffic stop when the smell of an illegal substance warranted a brief search of the vehicle, which detected illegal contraband. Our Police Officers followed protocol and requested additional officers, who arrived quickly and followed all standard procedure,” said Bloomfield Director of Public Safety Samuel DeMaio. “We will be continuing our investigation into this matter, and continue our efforts to take dangerous illegal substances off the streets. I would like to commend Officers Toader and Falco, Sgt. Moleski, and the entire Anti Crime Unit for their excellent work.”