Two cab passengers arrested A North Bergen resident and a Perth Amboy resident were arrested after they allegedly didn’t have enough money to pay for a $92 cab ride, and once police arrived at the scene, police found that the pair allegedly possessed illegal substances.
Nastassja Cordova, 28, of North Bergen, and Emily Ip, 32, of Perth Amboy were arrested and charged with possession of controlled dangerous substances and possession with the intent to distribute within 500 feet of public housing on April 26 around 11 a.m., police said.
According to North Bergen Police Detective Bureau Lt. Frank Cannella, the duo had called a Guttenberg cab company for a ride for the pre-arranged price of $92, from Perth Amboy to Meadowview Avenue in North Bergen. However, when they arrived at their destination, they apparently did not have all of the funds.
The driver called police, who responded to the scene and believed that Ip had been under the influence of narcotics, said Cannella.
Cannella said that after running a check through their system, Ip came up with a $12,495 active civil contempt warrant issued by the Monmouth County Sheriff’s Office.
She was arrested. A search of her person resulted in the discovery of a small black bottle which police believe contained liquid GHB, also known as “liquid ecstasy” and the “date rape drug,” Cannella said.
While police were interviewing Cordoava they allegedly observed her trying to conceal something in her purse, which she failed to close, said Cannella. Officers allegedly viewed a plastic bag containing white powder believed to be heroin.
After placing her under arrest, police said they discovered hypodermic needles, a straw, a rolled up dollar bill, and a digital scale allegedly in her bag.
When a female officer searched Ip and Cordova she allegedly found unknown pills and additional plastic bags believed by police to be cocaine, Cannella said.
Both women received $50,000 bail with no 10 percent bail bond option by Judge Joseph Romano.
Police chase car through North Hudson
A North Bergen man was arrested last week after he allegedly sent both North Bergen and Port Authority Police on a car chase through multiple Hudson County cities.
Errol Guillermo Alfaro, 27, of North Bergen was charged with eluding police, resisting arrest, improper display of license plate, driving while suspended, unregistered vehicle, improper passing, and reckless driving after the April 25 incident.
According to Cannella, around 11 a.m. on the 2500 block of Tonnelle Avenue, Capt. Robert Hovan attempted to make a motor vehicle stop of a red Honda that had no license plate.
Cannella said that Alfaro allegedly took off at a high rate of speed, briefly going into Jersey City, back into North Bergen, and then into Secaucus before Hovan lost sight of him.
“The Port Authority [Police] observed a vehicle and attempted to stop it as well,” said Cannella.
The chase ended when police caught up with Alfaro. He had apparently crashed his car onto the curb at the 700 block of J.F.K. Boulevard East. He allegedly caused a brief “foot chase” before being apprehended.
Alfaro’s bail was set at $50,000 with no 10 percent bail bond option by Romano.
Tricia Tirella may be reached at TriciaT@hudsonreporter.com.