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Port Authority police nab ex-con after finding girl with cocaine in crotch

Photo Credit: Courtesy PORT AUTHORITY PD

BEYOND BERGEN: A 17-year-old girl had nearly a half-ounce of cocaine stuffed into the crotch of her pants when the 55-year-old ex-con she was with was stopped for an expired inspection sticker at the Holland Tunnel tolls, Port Authority police said this morning.

After stopping the car at 7:30 last night, PAPD Officer John Lizares ran a computer check that turned up outstanding warrants on the driver, Leonard Watts of East Orange, a mechanic who records show has 10 felony convictions, the authority’s Joseph Pentangelo said.

The vehicle also belonged to a customer who didn’t know that Watts had taken it, he said.

Returning to the car, Lizares smelled marijuana and ordered the girl out, Pentangelo said.

She gave the officer a bag of marijuana, then pulled out the 11½-gram bag of cocaine — saying that Watts “handed her the cocaine and told her to stuff it in her pants because he was going to be arrested,” he said.

Police signed a juvenile complaint for drug possession against the girl, who was released to her parents.

Watts, meanwhile, was being held on $100,000 bail in the Hudson County Correctional Facility, charged with drug possession with the intent to distribute it and employing a juvenile in the commission of both a crime and a drug offense.

The vehicle owner declined to press charges for unauthorized use, Pentangelo said.


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