MAHWAH, N.J. – An out-of-state couple who took off after Mahwah police found crystal meth, cocaine, Ecstasy and other drugs in their car two months ago were busted in Pennsylvania, authorities said Monday.
Trevor D. Green, 27, of Butler, Pennsylvania, was arrested on robbery charges and 32-year-old Rachel E. Topping of Salida, Colorado, taken into custody with him after officers there discovered the Mahwah warrants.
Mahwah Officer Tyler Boucher had suspected there were drugs in the vehicle after stopping it on Route 287 in August for a traffic violation in August, Police Chief James N. Batelli said.
Topping, who was driving, refused to consent to a search, after which K-9 Remco (with Officer Robert Rapp) indicated the presence of drugs, the chief said.
Police impounded the vehicle while seeking a search warrant, assisted by the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office, Batelli said.
Topping and Green were taken to a local hotel to wait for their vehicle while detectives obtained a judge’s approval of the warrant.
In the vehicle, Batelli said police found:
- Crystal methamphetamine;
- Prescription pain pills;
- Various drug paraphernalia;
- A machete
- Roughly $2,000 in suspected drug money, which was seized pending forfeiture action.
Police returned to the hotel, the chief said, but it turned out Green and Topping never checked in.
Warrants were issued for their arrests on a variety of drug and weapons charges, he said.
Topping was brought to New Jersey and later released by a judge, pending a hearing, under New Jersey's 2017 bail reform law.
Green remained held in Pennsylvania on the robbery charges there.
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