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Bar complaints lead to Wallington cocaine bust

Photo Credit: Courtesy WALLINGTON PD

ONLY ON CVP: Wallington police, responding to complaints of drug dealing in local bars, said they arrested a cocaine dealer parked outside a borough tavern with several small bags of cocaine in his pockets.

Jan Niemiec, 34, was sitting in the passenger seat of a gold Volkswagen, its motor running, that blocked the driveway of a bar at Hathaway Street and Lincoln Place when police approached him, Detective Lt. Shawn Kudlacik told CLIFFVIEW PILOT .

Niemiec “had no ID on him,” Kudlacik said. “He was acting very nervously. He wouldn’t take his hands out of his pockets.

“It was a safety concern.”

The lieutenant said he found Niemiec carrying a little less than half an ounce of cocaine worth about $150.

Niemiec, who has addresses in Wallington and Garfield, posted $7,500 bail and was released pending a court appearance on charges of possession of cocaine with the intent to distribute the drug.


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