A Rutherford man has been arrested and charged with drug offenses in Paterson, according to Passaic County Sheriff Richard Berdnik.
Michael Gardi, 37-year-old, was arrested in the area of East 18th Street and Rosa Parks Boulevard at around 1:30 p.m. on Monday. He was observed in the area by three Passaic County Sheriff’s Office Warrant Squad detectives.
Gardi allegedly gave a fake name, Joseph Gardi, to detectives when questioned. He was wanted on New Jersey State Parole Board and Bergen County Superior Court warrants for burglary, authorities said.
Detectives searched him and found 17 clear pink plastic vials of crack cocaine wrapped in a black piece of plastic. He also had a clear red vial with two envelopes of heroin, authorities said.
Gardi was charged with hindering apprehension, possession of heroin, and possession of crack cocaine, Berdnik said.