WAYNE, N.J. -- A pair of Wayne police officers on routine patrol found a Sussex County fugitive and his companion parked outside a Route 23 fast-food restaurant with 77 bags of heroin in their car, authorities said Friday.
Officers David Hoppe and Skylar Cauceglia were patrolling the highway's business corridor when they spotted the vehicle outside the Taco Bell.
The driver, 32-year-old Edwin G Mahlon of Newton, and his passenger, Kristy L Hamady, 29, of Franklin, "did not appear to be involved in the business they were parked at," Capt. Laurence Martin said.
As the officers approached the car, Hamady was "holding a syringe in her hand and attempting to hide it," Martin said.
Hoppe and Caucegliaalso spotted several glassine envelopes of heroin in plain sight, the captain said.
A search turned 59 bags stamped "Coco" in purple ink and 18 stamped "King" in multi-colored ink, he said.
Mahon -- who was wanted out of Sussex County and Pennsylvania -- was picked up by the Sussex County Sheriff's Department, Martin said.
Hamady was processed and released pending a court hearing on various drug charges, he said.