On July 2, 2011 at about 9:33 a.m., Patrolman Kevin Florczak responded to the 400 block of East Clay Avenue on a report of a male and female sleeping in a vehicle. Upon arrival to the area, Patrolman Florczak observed a black Ford pickup truck parked northbound occupied by a male and female.
The female was asleep in the driver’s seat with her head tilted back and sweating profusely; also in the vehicle was a male in the front passenger seat asleep with his head tilted down with saliva dripping from his mouth. Both parties were awakened as Patrolman Florczak knocked on the passenger door.
When questioned, the two could not recall how or when they arrived at that location. Patrolman Florczak observed, in plain view, numerous ripped wax folds located on the passenger’s floor next to the male’s feet which are commonly used to package CDS heroin. An investigation resulted in the discovery of six (6) glassine envelopes containing a white powder residue of suspected heroin residue; one (1) hypodermic syringe with an exposed needle containing a clear liquid suspected to be heroin, one (1) white plastic spoon with a white residue suspected to be heroin residue, and six (6) unknown pills.
The driver was identified as Georgette Luludis, age 27 of Middletown, NJ and the passenger was identified as Anthony Cotter, age 27 of Union Beach, NJ. Ms. Luludis initially identified herself as her sister but was positively identified through a NJMVC photograph.
Ms. Luludis became irate, began screaming, and attempted to discard two (2) white glassine envelopes containing a powder substance of suspected heroin and one (1) hypodermic syringe broken in two.
Mr. Cotter was charged with two (2) counts of 2C:36-2 (possession of drug paraphernalia), 2C:36-6 (possession of a hypodermic syringe) and 2C:35-10(a)(1) (possession of heroin). He was then released pending a Superior Court hearing on July 7, 2011.
Ms. Luludis was charged with 2C:36-6 (possession of drug paraphernalia), 2C:36-2 (possession of a hypodermic syringe), 2C:35-10(c) (failure to turn over CDS to police); 2C:29-3(b)(4) (hindering apprehension), 2C:35-10(a)(1) (possession of Schedule I, II, III, IV drug), 2C:35-10.5(e)(2) (possession of prescription drug legend medication). Ms. Luludis was unable to post bail and was transported to Union County Jail in lieu of $15,000.00 bail.