Three city teens arrested in Fairfield smoking marijuana inside parked car | Paterson Times

Three city teens arrested in Fairfield smoking marijuana inside parked car


Police in Fairfield arrested three city teenagers on drug charges after an officer discovered the trio smoking marijuana inside a parked vehicle in the parking lot of La Quinta Inn.

Ernesto Regalado, 19, Jeremy Rodriguez, 18, and a 16-year-old, all three city residents, were spotted by police officer Frank Tracey inside a 2010 Toyota in the parking lot of La Quinta Inn on Two Bridges Road in Fairfield at around 11:30 p.m. on New Year’s Eve.

Tracey observed the vehicle with alleged dark tinted windows in violation of New Jersey law pull into the hotel’s parking lot and take up a parking space in the rear of the lot.

“The officer noticed that none of the occupants exited the vehicle,” Deputy Chief Anthony Manna said in a news release. “The officer continued to monitor the activities of the individuals in the vehicle and eventually initiated a field investigation.”

Tracey approached the vehicle, observed smoke and strong marijuana odor coming out of the car. “It is alleged that further investigation resulted in the discovery of a marijuana cigarette, a plastic bag with suspected marijuana and a glassine fold containing suspected heroin,” Manna noted.

Police arrested the three suspects. While processing the suspects police found a second fold of heroin inside Rodriguez’s shoe. Police charged the three with marijuana possession. Additionally, Regalado was issued a summons for having drugs in his vehicle. Rodriguez was charged with heroin possession and “failure to surrender a controlled dangerous substance to police.”

The 16-year-old whose name is being withheld due to his age was charged with being under the influence of a controlled dangerous substance. He was released into the custody of a parent, police said.

Regalado and Rodriguez were processed and released on their own recognizance, police said.