WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP, N.J. -- Washington Township police said they busted the same heroin user twice on drug-related charges in a little over six hours.
Officer Michael Ferrarini had just stopped a car heading the wrong way on a one-way street near the Washington School just after 4 p.m. Monday when Stephen Campo, 27, came walking up, Officer Heather Castronova told Daily Voice.
Campo "asked if he could sit in the front passenger seat" of his friend's car as Ferrarini removed the driver, Castronova said.
At that point, Campo got out of the vehicle, she said.
Castronova said she patted down an uncooperative Campo and found him carrying a syringe that he said he used to shoot heroin.
Campo was charged at headquarters for possession of the syringe, given a court date and released without bail, she said.
Around 10:30 p.m., Castronova said, she and Ferrani were arresting a disorderly Westwood man when they slowed a car headed towards them for safety reasons.
The vehicle stopped and through the open window Ferrarini saw a fold of heroin on the driver's lap -- along with crack cocaine and drug paraphernalia, she said.
Ferrani ordered out the driver, Marc Walenciak of Washington Township, and found drug paraphernalia and two bags of crack cocaine in the car, Castronova said.
A firsk turned up heroin and Walenciak was arrested, she said.
Castronova said she removed the passenger -- who turned out to be Campo.
Township police Sgt. Thomas Lawton and Officer Richard Parsells responded as backups, along with Westwood Officers Anthony Piccinich and Chris Horst.
"Once again Mr. Campo was patted down, which revealed heroin and a hypodermic syringe," Castronova said.
The officers summoned a Bergen County Sheriff's Office K-9 unit that turned up additional drug paraphernalia, she said.
Walenciak later posted $10,000 bail and was released pending a hearing on charges of possessing heroin, cocaine and a hypodermic syringe. He also received a summons for having drugs in a motor vehicle.
Campo was ordered held on $10,000 bail in the Bergen County Jail, charged with possession of heroin and a syringe.
He posted bail soon after and was released, records show.
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