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Focus on drug-related crimes leads to Ridgefield arrests

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YOU READ IT HERE FIRST: A focus on drug-related crimes has led to 28 arrests by Ridgefield police the last 18 months.

A sampling of some recent busts, from Capt. Rich Besser:

June 28: Patrolman Daniel Fugnitti was escorting an unruly passenger from a NJ Transit bus on Broad Avenue when he found him carrying a small amount of pot and drug parahernalia. Joseph Zovko, 32 ( photos above, bottom right ), Fairview was charged with possessing both and released pending a court hearing.

June 19: Sgt. Robert Meurer and Patrolman Edward Schaefer, answering a suspicious car call, found 27-year-old John Diciancia ( middle ) behind the wheel of a parked car without a driver’s license. A consented search turned up a hypodermic needle, leading to a charge of drug paraphernalia possession.

June 12: Patrolman Brandon Hogan stopped a car on Edgewater Avenue driven by a man found to have a suspended driver’s license. A consented search turned up 16 hypodermic needles and 39 small white bags ordinarily used to package heroin. Laszlo Balazs, 27 ( far left ), and his passenger, 30-year-old Danielle Carrier ( top ), both of Ridgefield, were charged with two counts of possession of drug paraphernalia and released pending a July court appearance.

Besser asked that any suspicious activity be reported to Ridgefield PD: (201) 943-5210

MUGSHOTS: Courtesy Ridgefield PD

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