WAYNE, N.J. -- Wayne police took two teenage drug dealers into custody after finding that the the pair had let themselves into an unoccupied apartment.
Officers Mark Ciavirella and Cpl. Scott Agnes responded to a row of apartments in the 900 block of Burgundy Way on a report Saturday of a strong pot smell coming from the unit, Capt. Laurence Martin said Tuesday.
Inside, Martin, said they found the boys, who said they didn't know who the owner is. There were no signs of forced entry, he said.
The officers then discovered a bag "containing smaller zip-lock baggies laying on the kitchen counter," as well as $40 in cash, some more bags, loose pot and a digital scale on a living-room coffee table, the captain said.
They also found 15 Alprazolam tablets, he said.
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Under questioning, both teens "indicated they were involved" in selling drugs, Martin said.
They were taken into custody, served with juvenile complaints charging them with various drug counts and released to family members, he said.
"The owner of the apartment was contacted and denied giving the youths access to the house but declined charging them with burglary," the captain added.