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Bergen County Sheriff: Wrong-way Lodi driver in Garfield had heroin in trunk

Photo Credit: Courtesy BERGEN COUNTY SHERIFF
Photo Credit: Courtesy BERGEN COUNTY SHERIFF

YOU READ IT HERE FIRST: A 26-year-old Lodi motorist stopped for heading the wrong way down a one-way street in Garfield after cutting off other cars had 120 envelopes of heroin in a tool box in his trunk, a spokesman for the Bergen County Sheriff’s Office said this morning.

Sheriff Officer Krzysztof Wojtylo stopped the gold Buick after Daniel Mactaggart took the turn from Lanza Avenue onto eastbound Madeline Avenue headed west, Dave Martinez told CLIFFVIEW PILOT .

Mactaggart “began to act very nervous,” Wojtylo reported. “[H]is carotid artery was pulsating, his breathing was rapid and shallow. He kept on moving around, shifting his weight from leg to leg. His face turned pale and he was avoiding eye contact.”

The officer said he asked Mactaggart why he was nervous but didn’t get a response.

Noticing he had dilated pupils, Wojtylo asked Mactaggart whether he’d taken any drugs, including heroin.

“He hesitated, and said ‘No’,” the officer said.

Wojtylo called for backup, as Mactaggart “sat down on the rear bumper of his vehicle and placed his hands on his forehead.”

Asked whether he had drugs with him, he said, “Yes. I have two bricks in the trunk,” the officer reported.

After obtaining Mactaggart’s consent signature for a consent, Wojtylo said, he found the drugs. The officer also seized $844 cash suspected to be drug proceeds and had the car impounded.

Mactaggart was being held on $20,000 bail in the Bergen County Jail. He also received summonses for failing to yield and driving against traffic.

A passenger later identified as Jonathan Cruz was released after both he and Mactaggart said he had no idea the heroin was in the car.
MUGSHOT: Courtesy BERGEN COUNTY SHERIFF

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