Seven people were arrested for drug possession after police broke up a pre-New Year's Eve house party early Friday, police said.
Police arrived at a Marie Court home at around 1:28 a.m. on a report of a loud party in the back yard, according to police reports. Officers allegedly found a large group of people drinking alcohol outside and saw evidence of drug use inside and outside the home, reports said.
Arielle A. Lesnoy, 19, Molly Bienstock, 19, Brianna Whitlock, 19, Jeremy D. Mash, 20, and Jacob Sheynin, 19, all from Fair Lawn, and Justin Carloni, 21, of Toms River, were arrested on charges of possession of a controlled dangerous substance and drug paraphernalia. In addition, Jacob Sheynin and 26-year-old Dimitry Sheynin, also from Fair Lawn, were charged with maintaining a premise for the purpose of underage drinking and narcotic use, reports said.
Bienstock is the daughter of Fair Lawn Mayor Lisa Swain.
All seven were later released and scheduled to appear in Fair Lawn Municipal Court on Jan. 11, police said.
It was the second house party police had investigated in a matter of hours. At around 11:30 p.m. Thursday night, officers were called to Kenneth Avenue and Fairhaven Place on a report of a loud party. When they arrived, they allegedly found beer cans strewn about the back yard and inside the home, and saw several large groups of teenagers, according to reports.
Five adults and nine juveniles were detained during a police investigation and all were later released at the scene. Police said charges are pending further investigation.