Fred Douglass Abraham, Paterson, was charged with manufacture, delivery or possession with intent to deliver a controlled or counterfeit substance, a felony, and possession of a controlled or counterfeit substance, a misdemeanor.
State police said Abraham was stopped for traffic violations in Somerset Township. He did not have identification and could not be identified by the information he provided, according to a probable-cause affidavit.
The owner and front seat passenger, Starla Anderson, granted consent to search her vehicle, according to the affidavit. Approximately 77 bricks of heroin were located in the trunk of the vehicle, police said.
Abraham told police that Anderson did not know anything about the heroin in the trunk, police said.
That amount of heroin would be worth between $28,000 and $35,000 on the streets of Somerset County, according to Somerset County detective Jason Hunter. A brick contains five bundles of 10 stamp bags of heroin, he said.
“Seventy-seven bricks of heroin would fill a child’s shoe box,” he said.
Paterson is in the Somerset County Jail in lieu of a $20,000 bond. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for 2 p.m. March 19 before District Judge Ken Johnson of Somerset.