Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Route 80 Car Stop Leads to Narcotics Arrest of Four Individuals

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Jonathan Hummer (28), Kenneth Widdis (27), Robert Carbonell (35) all of Morristown, N.J. and Shirlyn Holinko (25) of Landing, N.J. for various violations of the New Jersey Controlled Dangerous Substance Act on July 9, 2014. On that date, at approximately 9:55 PM, Officer R.J. Casendino, along with a detective from the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office who was riding along with the Fairfield officer to observe suburban patrol tactics, was monitoring traffic on Route 80 westbound. The officer’s attention was drawn to a 2006 Chrysler that was allegedly having difficulty maintaining a lane as it was entering into a construction work zone.

The vehicle was stopped and found to be operated by Widdis. The officer asked him to produce his driving credentials. Widdis was unable to produce a driver’s license. During the course of the roadside stop Officer Casendino, who is a certified drug recognition expert, allegedly made observations of the four occupants of the vehicle that were consistent with individuals who were under the influence of a controlled dangerous substance. His suspicions were enhanced further when some of the occupants allegedly gave conflicting stories as to where the group was coming from. The subsequent investigation allegedly led to the discovery of a small quantity of suspected heroin, crack cocaine and drug related paraphernalia. All four were placed under arrest without incident. They were transported to police headquarters and eventually charged as follows:

 Jonathan Hummer-

  • Under the Influence of a Controlled Dangerous Substance
  • Possession of a Hypodermic Syringe

Robert Carbonell-

  • Possession of Heroin
  • Possession of Cocaine
  • Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
  • Under the Influence of a Controlled Dangerous Substance

 Shirlyn Holinko-

  • Under the Influence of a Controlled Dangerous Substance

Kenneth Widdis-

  • Possession of Heroin
  • Possession of a Hypodermic Syringe
  • Under the Influence of a Controlled Dangerous Substance

In addition to the criminal charges, Widdis was also charged with failure to maintain a lane, being an unlicensed driver and possessing a controlled dangerous substance in a motor vehicle.

Investigation further revealed that Hummer had an active arrest warrant issued by the Morristown Municipal Court and Widdis had an active arrest warrant issued by the Montville Municipal Court. Both were turned over to the jurisdiction of those courts. Carbonell and Holinko were eventually released on their own recognizance.

(It should be noted that the charges against all individuals are merely allegations and that all are presumed innocent until they either plead guilty or are found guilty in a court of law)



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