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Uber Passenger Arrested for Warrants and Drugs

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Katherine Torres (26) of Paterson, N.J. for failing to turn over a controlled dangerous substance to the police and possession of drug paraphernalia on August 2, 2019. On that date, at approximately 11:42 P.M., Officer James Ciampi stopped a vehicle on Hollywood Avenue for having tinted windows. The officer spoke with the driver and discovered that the vehicle was an Uber car service and that the back seat customer was going to an address in Fairfield.

The officer turned his attention to this individual, later identified as Torres, and noticed that she did not have her seatbelt on. He requested identification from Torres however she did not have any. She then provided the officer with her name and other identifying information. A computer check revealed that Torres was wanted by the Morris County Sheriff’s Department as well as having other outstanding warrants from the Little Falls and Hasbrouck Heights Municipal Courts. She was placed under arrest. It is alleged that found in Torres purse was suspected cocaine. She was transported to headquarters for processing. She was charged and eventually released on her own recognizance pending an August 15, 2019 appearance in the Fairfield Municipal Court.

(It should be noted that the charges against Torres are merely allegations and that she is presumed innocent until she either pleads guilty or is found guilty in a court of law)

Authorized by: Chief Anthony Manna

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