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Ridgefield PD: Stopped Speeder Had Dozens Of Bogus Driver's Licenses, Cards

Ramon E. Azular III
Ramon E. Azular III Photo Credit: MUGSHOT: Courtesy RIDGEFIELD PD

RIDGEFIELD, N.J. – A Ridgefield police sergeant found dozens of fake credit cards and bogus driver's licenses from different states when he stopped a North Carolina ID thief's speeding pickup truck before dawn, authorities said.

Ramon E. Azular III, 29,  also wasn't maintaining a lane when Sgt. Edward Schaefer stopped his Texas-registered 2017 Nissan Frontier on southbound Broad Avenue just after 1:30 a.m. Tuesday, Deputy Police Chief Robert Meurer said.

Approaching the pickup, Schaefer “detected a strong odor of raw marijuana,” Meurer said.

The sergeant allowed Azular to retrieve his credentials from a backpack on a rear seat – inside which Schaefer could see a plastic container of pot and drug paraphernalia, he said.

Given written and verbal consent for a search, Schaefer found:

  • nearly a dozen driver’s licenses in different names from various states -- all with Azular's photo on them;
  • dozens of blank credit and debit cards;
  • a swipe-machine skimmer that steals victims’ account information so that it can be imprinted on the blank cards;
  • the pot and some THC oil.

Schaefer was assisted on-scene by borough Officers Dante Monterosso and Andrew Farelli, along with Bergen County Sheriff’s Officer J. Jimenez and his K-9 Grim, the deputy chief said.

Azular III, meanwhile, remained held Wednesday in the Bergen County Jail pending a detention hearing on a host of identity theft, forgery and drug-possession charges.

He also received six traffic summonses.

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