HACKENSACK, N.J. – Authorities said they found nearly a half-pound of cocaine stashed in a car driven by an ex-con from Hackensack who was once accused of slashing a man talking to a woman who had his baby.
Tadd D. Mitchell, Jr., 32, formerly of Mahwah, was driving a Honda Accord when investigators acting on a tip stopped him in Paramus on Friday with help from the Bergen County Regional SWAT Team, county Prosecutor Gurbir S. Grewal said.
A search of the vehicle revealed the secret compartment containing the cocaine, worth roughly $10,000 on the street, the prosecutor said.
Mitchell was charged with a single count of possession of cocaine with the intent to distribute it, said Grewal, who thanked Paramus and Tenafly police and the SWAT team members.
He was taken to the Bergen County Jail – but a judge ordered him released less than 24 hours later, under New Jersey’s 2017 bail reform law.
Mitchell was charged by Mahwah police in early 2012 with slashing a man that they said he found talking a 22-year-old woman who had his baby.
The victim in that incident told police he was had stopped by the woman’s home on Ramapo Brae Lane and was hanging out with her in his car when Mitchell, who used to live there, approached his car.
The victim said he pulled out and took off but Mitchell raced ahead in a 2001 Honda Civic and cut him off.
Allen got out to talk with Mitchell, but he quickly climbed in through the passenger side of the man’s car and slashed his right hand with a straight razor, police said at the time.
Bleeding severely, the man drove to a Route 17 South truck stop at the bottom of Stag Hill Road and called police, who found Mitchell and the woman in a nearby parking lot.
The woman had the razor stashed in a cellphone, police said.
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