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Edgewater Police: Officer Finds Ecuadoran National With Ounce Of Ketamine

Rodrigo Zumarraga
Rodrigo Zumarraga Photo Credit: MUGSHOT: Bergen County Sheriff

EDGEWATER, N.J. -- An Edgewater police officer making a routine traffic stop found an Ecuadoran national living in West New York carrying more than an ounce of Ketamine, an illegal recreational drug.

A judge ordered Rodrigo Zumarraga of West New York held on $25,000 bail in the Bergen County Jail on drug-related charges following his arrest late Tuesday.

The INS also issued a detainer that would keep Zumarraga behind bars pending a federal hearing should he make bail.

Officer James Dalton pulled over the four-door Hyundai just before midnight and spotted "a large clear plastic bag containing over one ounce" of the substance on the passenger seat, Police Chief William Skidmore said.

Keatmine creates a trance-like state and memory loss while providing pain relief and sedation for those with chronic pain. Its side effects are severe: agitation, confusion or hallucinations, elevated blood pressure and muscle tremors.

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