Police: Man busted with 20 grams of cocaine, 120 grams of weed after Hoboken crash

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A man was busted with 20 grams of cocaine and 120 grams or marijuana after crashing into a fire hydrant while under the influence in Hoboken, police said. By John Heinis/Hudson County View

Daniel Rivera, 42, of North Bergen, was charged with possession with intent to distribute a controlled dangerous substance (cocaine), possession with intent to distribute CDS within 1,000 feet of a school, possession with intent to distribute CDS (marijuana), possession with intent to distribute CDS within 1,000 feet of a school, possession of CDS paraphernalia with intent to distribute, driving while intoxicated, driving while intoxicated within 1,000 feet of a school, Reckless driving and refusal to submit for breathalyzer, according to Det. Sgt. Joseph Leonard.

At 11:43 p.m. yesterday, officers were out with a vehicle stopped on the sidewalk running and appeared to have hit the fire hydrant. They found the arrestee in the driver’s seat passed out or sleeping, authorities said.

Once the officers woke Rivera, the exhibited signs of being intoxicated. Officers were able to smell coming from within the vehicle as well as the odor of raw marijuana, officials said.

When the arrestee was removed from the vehicle, a black zip lock bag was seen on the front seat from which was an odor of raw marijuana. The arrestee was placed under arrest and handcuffed, police said.

As officers searched him, he kept twisting his body in an attempt to obstruct the search. Ultimately, the searches yielded 11 small zip lock bags of suspected cocaine, a tupperware containing suspected cocaine (20 grams total), four sandwich baggies with suspected marijuana, two smaller baggies containing suspect marijuana (120 grams total), a digital scale, unused empty plastic baggies and an open container of alcohol, authorities said.

The arrestee was brought to headquarters, processed and remanded to the Hudson County Rehabilitation Center.

The cocaine has an estimated street value of $1,600 and the marijuana expected to be worth $800 in street value, officials said.

The arrestee faces up to 10 years imprisonment for the 2nd degree charge, up to 5 years imprisonment for each 3rd degree charge (three charges) and up to 18 months imprisonment for each 4th degree charge (two charges) if convicted.