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Washington Township police say neighborhood stranger had heroin, arrest warrant

Photo Credit: Courtesy WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP PD

YOU READ IT HERE FIRST: Washington Township police said they arrested a transient whom they found carrying heroin after the caught him walking around a neighborhood.

Alerted by a White Birch Road resident to a stranger wearing a backpack walking in the area of Washington School around 9 p.m. Tuesday, officers asked James Laube whether he needed help, Police Chief Glenn Hooper said this afternoon.

Laube showed them a New Jersey driver’s license and “went on to explain [that] he was between living arrangements in town and another county,” the chief said.

He later “changed his story as to why he was walking around at that time of night with a backpack,” he said.

A computer check showed that Laube was wanted on a $5,000 warrant out of Newark, so they took him into custody.

Laube posted $15,000 before dawn today and was released from the Bergen County Jail. He faces charges of possessing drugs and a hypodermic needle.

Hooper thanked the resident who called — and others who’ve done the same — for “being the eyes and ears of our community.”

MUGSHOT: Courtesy WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP PD

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