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YOU READ IT HERE FIRST: Lyndhurst police officers responding to a report of an $110 unpaid cab fare arrested two men after finding pot, mushrooms, generic Xanax, brass knuckles and hollow-point bullets in a local apartment, authorities said tonight.

Called just before 1:30 a.m. today, police said the 39-year-old taxi driver told them that his fare from Queens jumped out and took off toward the Valley Brook Avenue apartment/condo complex.

Footprints in the snow led Officers Charles Giangeruso, Rob Fernandez and Anthony Ricigliano to an apartment where another man answered the door, Capt. John Valente told CLIFFVIEW PILOT .

The tenant, identified as Andrew Lee, 24, “denied knowledge of the suspect, claiming that the only other person in the apartment was his roommate,” Valente said.

Lee allowed them to enter, and they spotted “a large assortment of CDS and paraphernalia on table tops, counters and other locations in plain view,” the captain said.

They also found their suspect.

He was identified as Jonathan Rodriguez, 31, of Elmhurst, Queens.

Both he and Lee were charged with four counts of possession with the intent to distribute Alprazolam, two counts of marijuana possession — one with the intent to distribute the drug — and two counts of drug paraphernalia possession, as well as possession of Psilocybin.

Lee also was charged with weapons possession — for the brass knuckles — and possession of .45-caliber and 9mm hollow-point bullets.

Rodriguez also faces a theft of service charge.

Lee was being held on $110,000 bail and Rodriguez on $100,000 bail in the Bergen County Jail.


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