Police: Burglar Had 30 Bags of Heroin Up His Butt

During processing at Bergen County Jail, a Glen Rock man charged with burglary and heroin possession was found to have an additional cache of drugs hidden on his person, Fair Lawn police said.

A Glen Rock man booked on burglary and drug charges in Fair Lawn had a surprise for prison officers who searched him later at the county jail, police said.

Corrections officers found an additional 30 bags of heroin hidden inside the man's anus during inmate processing, arresting officer Timothy O'Shaughnessy said.

Justin Alvarez, 27, who already faced charges of burglary, theft and heroin possession for allegedly snatching a wallet from a truck parked outside Rivara's, had a charge of possession with the intent to distribute tacked on after the discovery.

Alvarez was picked up Saturday after Detective O'Shaughnessy, who was working a plainclothes detail, observed him suspiciously circling the area near Rivara's on bike while the restaurant's owner worked on his truck in the parking lot, Sgt. Richard Schultz said.

After the restaurant's owner stepped away from his truck and went back inside, Alvarez approached the truck and reached through an open window to grab the owner's wallet that had been left behind, Schultz said.

O'Shaughnessy, who had called for backup in the mean time, arrested Alvarez before he could escape and took him into custody without incident, Schultz said.  

Schultz said that in addition to the wallet, Alvarez was also carrying a small bag of heroin. Prison officers found the additional 30 baggies of heroin after he was remanded to Bergen County Jail and underwent a strip search. Schultz said Fair Lawn officers did not find the hidden drugs because the department's rules and regulations do not call for that level of search.

Alvarez remains in jail on $35,000 bond. He's set to appear in municipal court on Wednesday.


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Stuart Pace March 12, 2013 at 08:13 PM
Well done Det. Osh.
Chris March 12, 2013 at 10:10 PM
Is it just me?!?!? Part of me feels compassion and wants Alvarez rehabilitated. After all, we all deserve a second chance however; this would come at a cost to tax payers including myself. I then think, is this his second, third, fourth offence? Does he have a record?? Although a very small part of me wants to see him rehabilitated (if possible), a huge part of me wants to see the sucker rot in jail - this, unfortunately; at a much steeper cost to tax payers but at least he'd be off the street. I then think beyond all of that to the families of the users of these drugs. Heartache, despair and sometimes the laying to rest a loved-one who couldn't control their habit. I've already seen death and destruction of a family brought on by drugs. It's heartbreaking and takes years for families to overcome and undo what one person has done either by taking or selling drugs. Kudos to O'Shaughnessy for arresting this scum!! My mind is made up, I want Alvarez to rot in jail!!!! Balloons up his anus will be the least of his worries once Bubba comes along.......
Nicholas March 13, 2013 at 12:18 AM
Screw off you don't even know this "scums" story. You don't know him at all. And think about what that comment of yours will do to his family. You don't know.
Nicholas March 13, 2013 at 12:20 AM
He needs heavy psychiatric rehabilitation. That's what. He needs help.
fred March 13, 2013 at 10:34 AM
I do not want him to rot in prison. It will cost too much. Just execute him since he would have been selling the drugs to others and ruining their lives.
Chris March 13, 2013 at 12:48 PM
Nick...Thank you for the nice reply!! Always appreciated. Now, I say this with all due respect - pull your head out of your anus and re-read what I wrote. If I'm not mistaken I wrote - - """It's heartbreaking and takes years for families to overcome and undo what one person has done either by taking OR SELLING drugs.""" Obviously, I am thinking of his family! Maybe you'd better re-evaluate your thinking. He is NOT an innocent person and he SHOULD do jail time for his "CRIMES." Enough of this liberal crap of rehabilitation. Statistics are not on your side and this is why we have a country full of mental cases running around killing people. Let the rehabilitation begin in jail.
Lisa A March 13, 2013 at 12:48 PM
I feel bad for him :( at least he's not out robbing people at gun point. As far as the drugs go...? It's an addiction. If he is selling drugs it's to feed his addiction. Selling drugs to addicts in your community. Not "push" drugs on 1st graders. My point being, this is not THAT huge of a crime in my opinion. Once you take a step down off your moral high ground for just a moment, that is...
Anonymous March 13, 2013 at 01:05 PM
Residential substance abuse treatment usually includes psychiatric treatment, as well, and costs far less than "rotting" in prison with no help at all. No one comes out of prison a better person.
Avalon March 13, 2013 at 02:18 PM
Agrees with Chris. 30 Bags is a LOT of heroin. He was a drug dealer and needs to be punished. Period.
Deleted because of harassment March 13, 2013 at 03:16 PM
Maybe it's about time that we decriminalize drugs and make them available to addicts instead, to remove the incentive to steal or to deal.
The Most Interesting Man in the World March 13, 2013 at 03:48 PM
The war on drugs is a huge failure, there is another guy willing to put 40 bags up his butt to replace him. Don't waste the taxpayers money incarcerating him for drug offences in a proven failed system that does not benefit society. Arrest him for stealing a wallet.
Stephen Oatley March 13, 2013 at 05:22 PM
Nancy, you are wrong. Some people do make a change in their lives. People do come out of prison a better person. I think it is rare, but it does happen.
fred March 14, 2013 at 01:08 AM
If he was just a user, I agree. However, he is selling 30 bags of heroin. This is a pusher and he was trying to infect the innocent. Therefore, he deserves to be executed.
Eacrnnp March 14, 2013 at 01:42 AM
Zak Koeske- you need to work on your vocabulary. Your use of the words "butt" and "anus" make you sound ignorant. People hide drugs in body cavities, in this case probably the rectal cavity. This article makes the Patch sound like the National Enquirer.
Jen March 14, 2013 at 03:27 AM
Did he go to gr HS ?
Lisa A March 14, 2013 at 11:18 AM
Ha. I thought the use of the word "butt" was a little "middle school newspaper". Sounds better to say body cavity or just say ass.
Zak Koeske March 14, 2013 at 11:40 AM
@Lisa - For explanation's sake, I'll tell you that I chose to go with "butt" because I felt it was both specific and inoffensive. To me, using "ass" would have been over the top, something I'm not sure you'd even see in a tabloid. Using "body cavity" or "discreet location (as NJ.com did)" isn't specific enough, in my opinion. I used "anus" later in the story because that is the word police used to characterize the location of the hidden drugs to me. Perhaps, rectal cavity is the technically correct nomenclature, but I found using a phrase like "rectal cavity" or "anal cavity" unnecessarily off-putting. You guys are certainly welcome to your opinions though. I appreciate the feedback.
RidgewoodResident March 14, 2013 at 01:30 PM
Chris, how many mass shooters have had previous criminal records?
Pierre O'Hamm March 14, 2013 at 08:07 PM
I must admit that I would think not to embrace what we once called "snow" between the cheeks of what is now referred to by teenaged rascals of my "badonkadonk". A good friend of mine (back in the day) once claimed to experience symptoms of an overdose while clenching only a few packs in the anal region. To address the editor of this article, I very much appreciate the use of the word "Butt", it is clear and concise.
DisgustedAgain March 14, 2013 at 08:56 PM
Potato- Potatoe, Tomato-Tomatoe, either way the drugs must stink!
Pierre O'Hamm March 14, 2013 at 09:24 PM
This gives a whole new meaning to the old phrase "up the arse".
Christina March 17, 2013 at 11:59 AM
When you think about it someone had to give the man the heroin and that person should get arrested not the guy who has a addiction. Also he probably didn't just think oh I think I should start drugs I'm only 11 but don't you think your being to harsh
Vincent Louis Marino March 21, 2013 at 07:20 PM
It's about $130 worth. NOT a lot..
Alexandria Sullivan March 21, 2013 at 08:58 PM
I know this person, he is a generally good kid. I haven't seen him in a few years but it seems he is on a self destructive path. But he was always kind to me!!


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