BYRAM Two men were arrested after asking an officer for help finding their car while carrying drugs in a backpack, police said.
At about 8:05 p.m. Saturday, Patrolman Dan DeWald saw two men walking through the Santander Bank parking lot on Waterloo Road, Sgt. Guy Mariani said.
As DeWald drove toward the pair, they flagged the officer down, telling him they were lost and could not find their vehicle, Mariani said.
While speaking with the two men – Shlomo Topper and Moshe Kivelevitz, both 25 and from Far Rockaway, New York – DeWald noticed that Topper appeared to be intoxicated, Mariani said.
DeWald then asked to see both men’s identification, and when Kivelevitz took his ID out of his backpack, DeWald saw drug paraphernalia inside the bag, Mariani said.
Topper also handed over a cloth pouch and DeWald saw a syringe inside, Mariani said.
DeWald then told Topper he was under arrest, and Topper resisted the officer’s attempts to handcuff him, Mariani said.
Bother Topper and Kivelevitz were arrested and taken to the Byram police station for processing.
Topper was charged with possession of under 50 grams of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a hypodermic syringe, being under the influence of a controlled dangerous substance, and resisting arrest.
Kivelevitz was charged with possession of a Schedule II controlled dangerous substance (Roxicodone), possession of under 50 grams of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, and possession of a hypodermic syringe.
Topper was released pending an Andover-Joint Municipal Court appearance, and Kivelevitz was released pending a Sussex County Superior Court appearance.
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