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Wallington police follow trail of heroin packets to arrest

Photo Credit: Courtesy WALLINGTON PD

YOU READ IT HERE FIRST: A known Wallington drug user with a burglary history created a snow trail of sorts as he tossed used heroin bags out the window of his car as a police detective followed him this morning.

Krzysztof Latocha, 23, was hunched over the console of his green Volkswagen parked on Hathaway Street when the officer rolled past him around 9:45 a.m., Lt. Shawn Kudlacik told CLIFFVIEW PILOT this afternoon.

“After making eye contact, he started the car and drove down the street,” the lieutenant said.

The officer turned his car around and began followng Latocha, who Kudlacik said rolled through a STOP sign while making a right.

Turning with him, the officer “followed a trail of packets strewn across the roadway — 16 of them,” he said.

After pulling Latocha over and summoning backups, the officer approached the driver’s side window and spotted a used heroin packet stamped “SUMMER JAM” on the console, Kudlacik said.

A sergeant retrieved the strewn packets, which bore the same stamp, he said.

Latoca was carrying two unused packets of heroin and four hypodermic needes, Kudlacik said.

He was being held on $2,500 bail in the Bergen County Jail, charged with possession of heroin and the needles. He also received summons for running the stop sign and tossing debris from a motor vehicle.


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