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Wayne PD: Out-Of-Towners Speeding Up Rt. 23 Had Heroin, Crack, Knife

Markella Strongilos, Tylor Vandien, Stanley Hood
Markella Strongilos, Tylor Vandien, Stanley Hood Photo Credit: MUGSHOTS: Courtesy WAYNE PD

WAYNE, N.J. -- Three out-of-towners had 44 bags of heroin and four bags of crack when Wayne police said they stopped their speeding car on northbound Route 23.

Officers Robert Franciose and Robert Fernandez stopped the 2007 Hyundai near the Kohl’s shopping center and the Pequannock border just before 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Capt. Laurence Martin said.

While talking with the driver, 26-year-old Markella Strongilos of Sparta, they noticed a torn bag of heroin and 44 others stamped "GUCCI" on the floor, Martin said.

Talking with one of the passengers, 22-year-old Tylor Vandien of Green Pond, they spotted the bags of crack, the captain said.

The rear passenger, Stanley Hood, 39, of Montague, had some crack, as well as a folding knife, he said.

All three were taken to the Passaic County Jail pending detention hearings on drug possession charges.

Strongilos also received a summons for having drugs in a motor vehicle.

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