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PIP Police Snag Bi-State Couple With 300 Bags Of Heroin In Alpine

Hilda Lasanta, Scott Miller
Hilda Lasanta, Scott Miller Photo Credit: IMAGES: Courtesy BERGEN COUNTY SHERIFF

ALPINE, N.J. -- Palisades Interstate Parkway police said they took 300 bags of heroin out of circulation after pulling over a bi-state couple headed north on the PIP in Alpine.

Officer Michael Griffin pulled over the 2006 Dodge Caravan with New York license plates Tuesday afternoon for "failing to keep right for at least a mile and also display[ing] a defective passenger's side tail light," Police Chief Michael Coppola said.

The driver, 40-year-old Hilda Lasanta from Reading, PA, already was facing drug distribution charges from two months ago out of Ulster County, where records show her boyfriend remained held on bail.

Backups Lt. Jesse Cohen and Officer Michael Holland arrived as Griffin spoke with her and her passenger, 33-year-old Scott Miller of Pine Bush, N.Y., Coppola said.

Griffin "discovered elusive behavior and grossly conflicting information than provided by [Lasanta]," he said.

After getting her permission to search the vehicle, Griffin found the 300 wax folded envelopes in the center console, he said.

Officers also found Miller carrying a knife.

Each remained held on $40,000 bail pending court action on charges of distributing and possessing drugs, as well as weapons charges against Miller, records show.

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