At about 10:10 a.m. on 10/27/2016 Port Authority Police saw a gray Lexus with NY plates occupied by the two suspects at the Holland Tunnel toll plaza in Jersey City. The vehicle had a broken brake light. PA Police stopped the car at 12th Street outside the tunnel. When PA Police approached the Lexus, a strong odor of marijuana wafted from the car. A small bag of suspected marijuana was recovered from suspect #1. Inside the vehicle police found a bag containing 77 suspected Xanax pills and 22 partial suspected Xanax pills. Neither suspect had a prescription for Xanax. An alleged marijuana cigarette was recovered from the passenger seat of the Lexus.
A computer check showed that suspect #1 was driving without a license and a warrant check showed that suspect #1 had an active warrant out of Jersey City from 2015 for theft. Suspect #2, the passenger, had an active warrant out of Alpine NJ from 2016 for possession of marijuana. Both suspects were charged with Possession of Controlled Dangerous Substance, Possession of CDS with intent to distribute, and Possession of Marijuana under 50 grams.
Suspect # 1, Julian Rivera, had his bail set at $25,000/no 10%.
Bail for suspect #2, Jonathan Castano had his bail set at $20,000/no 10% option.
Mr. Rivera was also issued Jersey City traffic summonses for broken brake light, possession of CDS in a motor vehicle and unlicensed driver. Both suspects were transported to the Hudson County Jail and the 1993 Lexus was impounded.
#1, Driver: Julian Rivera, 26, Yonkers NY
#2, Passenger: Jonathan Castano, 25, Middletown NY