FAIR LAWN, N.J. -- A Fair Lawn police officer investigating a possible burglary looked over a fence Tuesday afternoon to see a man running from an area home carrying pot that he'd just picked up, authorities told Daily Voice.
Officers had arrested another man, 37-year-old Jose Malave of Haledon, on a Clifton warrant after finding him walking along southboundRoute 208, Sgt. Brian Metzler said.
"He was sweating and acting suspicously," Metzler said, so officers doubled back after bringing to headquarters to check the area for another signs of a break-in. "We couldn't be sure whether he was staking out a house, or had been in a house, or what."
Detective Paul Donohue and Detective Sgt. Tim O’Shaughnessy looked over a fence, checking for goods that might have been dumped, when they spotted a man running from a backyard, he said.
Officers caught up to Malik Contee, 20 , of Fair Lawn him in front of Elberin Drive, where a driver was waiting, the sergeant said.
"He'd been picking up pot at the house," Metzler said. "He had 24 grams of it and a scale."
Officers arrested Contee and the driver, Scott Marcoux, 21, of Hawthorne on charges of drug distribution and possession, he said.Both were later released -- Marcoux on a court summons and Contee on $30,000 bail, the sergeant said.Malave, meanwhile was charged with bail jumping and ordered held in the jail on $2,500 bail, he said.
"Two completely separate incidents," Metzler said of the warrant and pot arrests. "If they hadn't gone back to the highway to have a look around, they never would have seen the other guy."
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