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Englewood Cliffs mayor’s son in 9W drug bust

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YOU READ IT HERE FIRST: A bumper hanging off the back of a Lexus caught the attention of a Palisades Interstate Police officer who said he stopped the vehicle on 9W in Alpine and found the driver — 22-year-old Englewood Cliffs Mayor Joseph Parisi’s son — carrying heroin and syringes.

Joseph Parisi III (MUGSHOT PIP Police)

Officer Joseph Lanfrank was pulling his radio car out of the PIP Commission maintenance facility when he spotted the black 2010 Lexus SUV headed northbound at 1:45 this morning.

He stopped the vehicle, suspecting it had been in a recent collision, then smelled marijuana coming from inside, PIPPD Lt. Michael Coppola said.

Lanfrank had the driver, Joseph Parisi III of Englewood Cliffs, get out and eventually searched him, Coppola said.

That’s when he found four wax paper envelopes filled with heroin and two syringes, the lieutenant said. Lanfrank also found a plastic straw with white powder residue on it, he said.

Police haven’t yet determined where the damage to the SUV occurred.

Parisi was released without bail pending a hearing Tuesday on charges of possession of heroin, hypodermic syringes and drug paraphernalia, as well as operating an unsafe vehicle and having narcotics in it.

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