Police Discover Handgun, Hypodermic Needles During Arrest of Wanted Man

When police arrested a man wanted on a warrant for failure to provide over $17,000 in child support recently, they discovered a loaded handgun, hypodermic syringes, and empty glassines often used to hold heroin in the vicinity.

According to Passaic County Sheriff Richard H. Berdnik, Sheriff’s Warrant Division Detectives Joseph Cammisa, Brian Weitzman, and Sergeant Ralph Garcia attempted to apprehend a wanted man, 32-year-old Demetrius Robinson, near Rosa Parks Boulevard and Hamilton Avenue in Paterson.

Robinson allegedly fled on foot but was ultimately taken into custody behind a building located on the 300 block of Hamilton Avenue. He was subsequently charged with resisting arrest, in addition to the outstanding warrants for his arrest.

Police also discovered hypodermic syringes, empty glassines often used to hold heroin, and a loaded 9 mm Glock handgun while investigating the area. Notably, all of these items can result in criminal charges against an individual if he or she is found in possession of them.

For example, possession of a hypodermic needle or syringe in a criminalized offense in New Jersey, governed by N.J.S.A. 2C:36-6. Per the dictates of this statute, these charges are classified as disorderly persons offenses, which may result in a sentence to serve a maximum of 6 months in the county jail, as well as certain mandatory fines, including a $500 Drug Enforcement Demand Reduction (DEDR) penalty and a $50 laboratory fee.

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