Craigslist Marijuana Dealer Arrested by Undercover Police

Monday, March 5, 2018

Craigslist Marijuana Dealer Arrested by Undercover Police

Suspect, Amanda Rodriguez, Attempted to Sell an Undercover Officer the Illegal Substance With Her Children Present

BLOOMFIELD, NJ -- An undercover operation by the Bloomfield Police Narcotics Enforcement Team led to the arrest of a high volume marijuana dealer late Saturday night. After receiving an anonymous tip about a craigslist post looking for a marijuana buyer, Bloomfield Police Officer Matthew Rubbianaccio contacted the post author and arranged to make the drug purchase at the parking lot of Quick Chek on Broad Street. There, the suspect, 29-year-old Amanda Rodriguez of Union City, instructed the officer to enter her vehicle, where her 12-year-old son and 5-year old daughter were sitting. At that point, Officer Rubbinaccio’s partner, Officer Ray Diaz, approached the vehicle and read Rodriguez her Miranda rights. She was arrested without incident, and six ounces of marijuana and $1,437 was discovered in her vehicle.

Police Lieutenant Nicholas Polidoro conducted surveillance during the operation, and transported the suspects’ children to Bloomfield Police Headquarters, where they were fed before the Department of Child Protection and Permanency arrived.

The suspect has been charged with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute within 500 feet of a public park, possession of marijuana with intent to distribute within 1,000 feet of a school, possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, possession of marijuana over 50 grams and endangering the welfare of a child. A background check revealed that Rodriguez had an outstanding warrant from Union City. She has been transported to the Essex County Correctional Facility to await trial.

“It is illegal to sell marijuana in New Jersey, and our officers will continue their efforts to keep the drug out of Bloomfield and the surrounding area by prevention, education and enforcement. Our undercover operations are successful because of the hard work and professionalism of our police personnel. Officers Rubbinaccio and Diaz and Lt. Polidoro ran an excellent operation, following protocol throughout the approach and the arrest of the suspect.” said Director of Public Safety Samuel DeMaio. “I would like to thank the anonymous caller for his or her participation in making our community a safer place, and I encourage any resident aware of dangerous illegal active online to call the Bloomfield Police Department with information.”

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