NJSP: Trio smoked pot at police barracks

New Jersey State Police say three men smoked marijuana just outside a police barracks in North Jersey. Credit: Getty Images
New Jersey State Police say three men smoked marijuana just outside a police barracks in North Jersey. Credit: Getty Images

An alleged decision by three men to smoke pot in a car parked at a New Jersey State Police barracks Tuesday evening resulted in a whole lot of trouble for them and their friend.

The incident happened at the agency’s Totowa barracks, in Passaic County.

Trooper Erik Tapia noticed the strong odor of marijuana in the barracks parking lot after pulling his police cruiser up to his personal vehicle at the beginning of his shift.

Tapia followed the pot odor to a 2002 Oldsmobile Intrigue, where he observed several small bags of marijuana in plain view, according to state police.

Tapia and other troopers arrested the car’s three occupants, who allegedly had been smoking pot inside the car. The trio reportedly was at the barracks with a fourth man who was picking up paperwork to get a car from an impound lot.

In addition to 15 small bags of marijuana, state police allegedly recovered more than a dozen ecstasy pills from the vehicle.

All four men were charged with possessing the drugs, state police said.


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