Bergen County Prosecutor Mark Musella announced the arrests of Ms. Jaime Costanzo, Mr. Michael Delmora, Mr. Vincent Scarpulla, and Mr. Richard Walenty for drug-related offenses.
Bergen County authorities said during July, an investigation initiated by the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office Narcotic Task Force (“BCPO NTF”) and the Garfield Police Department revealed that a store-front business named “THC JARZ” located at 517 River Road, Garfield, was operating as an illegal marijuana dispensary selling recreational marijuana and various THC products to the general public.
Bergen County officials said detectives learned that Costanzo reported herself to be the owner and operator of the business and that Scarpullo and Walenty were employees of the illegal dispensary.
During this investigation, undercover detectives from the BCPO NTF said they purchased marijuana and other THC products from Scarpullo and Walenty at “THC JARZ.”
Officials said on September 16, detectives from the BCPO NTF, the Garfield Police Department, and the South Hackensack Police Department executed a court-authorized search warrant at “THC JARZ,” where detectives located and seized a substantial amount of marijuana, THC edibles, THC wax/oil, and approximately $15,000.00.
Detectives also executed a court-authorized search warrant for Costanzo and Delmora.
Officials said Delmora’s residence in Wallington led to the seizure of approximately one additional pound of marijuana and drug paraphernalia consistent with distribution.