A pair of men, including one wanted on attempted homicide in Perth Amboy, were arrested in possession of drugs, cash, and a gun in an improperly parked vehicle on Redwood Avenue early Tuesday morning, according to Passaic County Sheriff Richard Berdnik.
Samuel A. Zarzuela, 20, of Paterson, and Alberto Rosario-DeJesus, 19, residence unknown, were observed inside a white Honda Accord with Texas registration at around 2:50 a.m. Their vehicle was improperly parked near a stop sign on Redwood Avenue.
Officers approached the vehicle and spoke to the driver, Zarzuela, and the front seat passenger, Rosario-DeJesus. Officers detected strong marijuana odor emanating from the vehicle. Officers searched the vehicle seizing a Kel-Tec PF-9 9mm handgun loaded with three rounds, $4,291 cash, a blue plastic vial containing marijuana, a digital scale, and several small clear plastic bags in the center console of the vehicle.
Zarzuela was arrested on two active warrants. He is wanted out of Passaic County for unlawful possession of a weapon and for attempted homicide related to a shooting out of Peth Amboy.
Rosario-DeJesus has been charged with two weapons offenses and two drug charges.