A woman was arrested on Belmont Avenue carrying $160,000 worth of heroin and fentanyl in a shopping bag on Monday night, according to Passaic County Sheriff Richard Berdnik.
Authorities charged Yakania Polanco with drug possession, intent to distribute, intent to distribute near a park, and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Detectives were waiting for Polanco outside of Belmont Liquors at 146 Belmont Avenue at around 7:52 p.m. after receiving information of a woman transporting drugs in a white BMW. Her vehicle was parked in front of the liquor store.
Polanco exited the vehicle with a large blue and white shopping style bag. Detectives stopped her and asked what was inside the bag.
“Something illegal,” Polanco allegedly answered.
Detectives opened the bag and found several vacuum sealed bags containing a white powdery substance. 2.406 kilograms of suspected heroin and fentanyl were inside the vacuum sealed and sandwich type bags. There was also a scale and glassine envelopes for packaging heroin.
Berdnik said estimated street value of the drugs is $160,000.