LONGBRANCH: The following is a press release from the Long Branch Police Department:
On March 8, at approximately 2:15 a.m., Officer Patrick Vaccaro effected a motor vehicle stop on Ocean Boulevard for a tinted windows offense.
Further investigation revealed the occupant, Alan Fajardo, was in possession of a large amount of MDMA, also known as ecstasy or molly, and a smaller amount of marijuana. Officer Matt Widdis and Lt. Jorge Silverio arrived as backup, and Vaccaro took Fajardo into custody.
Recovered during the investigation were 1,848 blue and orange pills, and under 50 grams of marijuana. Fajardo's vehicle and $305 in cash was seized for forfeiture.
He was charged with possession of over 5 ounces of MDMA with intent to distribute, possession of a controlled dangerous substance within 500 feet of a public park and possession of under 50 grams of marijuana.
He was also charged with the following motor vehicle citations; safety glass requirement, failure to possess insurance card, possession of a controlled dangerous substance in a motor vehicle and noncompliance of provisional license.
His bail was set at $151,000 with no 10 percent option by Judge Kilgallen.
Officer Vaccaro should be commended for his initiative, and for once again proving how motor vehicle offenses can and often do lead to larger arrests.