YOU READ IT HERE FIRST: A purported Bloods gang member was found carrying 100 bags of heroin in his butt — worth from $1,000 to $2,000 — after he was stopped by a Palisades Parkway police officer for having an obscured license plate and obstructed windshield view, authorities said this morning.
PIP PD Sgt. Kley Peralta and Officer Mark Torsiello stopped the driver’s 2005 Mitsubishi Lancer yesterday on the Palisades Interstate Parkway near Exit 4 in Alpine.
Both officers “detected an odor of burnt marijuana and asked the operator for consent to search the vehicle,” said Lt. Michael Coppola, the department commander.
Nothing was found in the car — but both men had outstanding warrants on them. So Peralta and Torsiello arrested them and took them to headquarters, Coppola said.
There police found the heroin on — or, rather, in — driver Rasoul H. Speight, 32, of Port Jervis ( ABOVE, LEFT ).
His passenger, 26-year-old Gary T. Sylak of Shandaken, N.Y., had a syringe and spoon, both covered in heroin residue, in the liner of his jacket, Coppola said.
Speight was charged with heroin possession with the intent to distribute the drug and tampering with evidence. He was being held on $38,500 bail in the Bergen County Jail.
Detainers also were expected for a pair of outstanding traffic warrants, one out of Wantage (Sussex) and the other from Belleville (Essex).
Sylak ws charged with the same counts, as well as with possession of the syringe and drug paraphernalia. Sylak, who also had an outstanding traffic warrant out of Branchburg, was being held on $41,000 bail.
MUGSHOTS: Courtesy Palisades Interstate Parkway PD
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