Paintball prank leads to arrest of trio illegally possessing more than 500 Rx pills


When an officer initiated a traffic stop of a car in Garfield, New Jersey, that matched a description surrounding an earlier report of a business being vandalized with a paintball gun, the officer discovered a little bit more than just the paintball gun – more than 500 illegally possessed prescription pills.

Police found oxycodone, Xanax and morphine, along with marijuana and the paintball gun. Authorities also discovered alprazolam, diazepam and lorazepam during a subsequent investigation.

Eddie Gonzalez, 25, Jossue Ascencio, 25, and Alexander Rivera, 24, were arrested and now face drug possession, distribution and weapons charges. Ascencio and Gonzalez are being held on a $25,000 cash-only bail and Rivera is being held with a $40,000 cash-only bail.


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