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Seven Arrested On Drug Charges After House Party

Police were called to two parties in a two-hour time span after noise complaints.

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. 

GREY March 19, 2012 at 08:19 PM
maury- just because it is illegal doesnt mean it's wrong. if people didnt question things just because it was illegal we would still have seperate drinking fountains and bathrooms, and there would still be prohibition. simple question for you maury, after the billions of dollars we have spent on the "war on drugs" for all these years do you think we are winning the war? can you also explain to me why alcohol is legal when it is proven alcohol makes people more aggressive where as pot has the opposite effect on people? there is no logical arguement why alcohol is legal and marijuana isnt.
Maury Weinstein March 19, 2012 at 08:37 PM
Grey, my little menche “The entire purpose of our existence is to overcome our negative habits.” My friend, drugs are not legal, Shalom to you
GREY March 19, 2012 at 08:51 PM
why is it negative? because somebody said so? fast food is negative- should that be illegal? technically its illegal to slurp your soup in public in the state of new jersey. is this a negative habit?
Bruce Knuckle March 20, 2012 at 12:20 AM
Grey, your pot smoking is showing, your arguments are weak. You are a criminal, lets see how you are doing in 10 years. Kill all your brain cells, the smart kids need someone to pick up their garbage.
Jack Oglethorpe March 20, 2012 at 02:51 AM
You people are retarded. What is the harm of a few kids getting high in a backyard or in a car or in a house? Are they causing any harm to anyone else? No. It's a fun activity just like ice skating or going to a football game. Especially in a town with nothing for teens to do (FAIR LAWN!!) pot lets teens have some fun in their otherwise boring day to day lives. Pot screws with your brain so much less than alcohol, and people tend to do much dumber and negative things when drunk as compared to when they're high. When you're drunk, you yell, you fight, you make noise that annoys the neighbors. When you're high you sit and laugh and eat.
Jack Oglethorpe March 20, 2012 at 02:55 AM
The only reason marijuana is still illegal is because it is a source of revenue for the cops, as proven by this party.
Bruce Knuckle March 20, 2012 at 11:43 AM
Jack, You show your ignorance. In your own post you admit it screws with your brain, and you still think its good to get high in a car. Clearly, daddy wasnt present in your world and mommy was too busy to give you some of life's lessons. Its not your fault, but you do have time to smarten up.
GREY March 20, 2012 at 02:20 PM
Bruce- i am 38 and run a successful elecrtrical engineering firm, i dont think i will be picking up anyones garbage anytime soon. i havent smoked marijuana since college. you people posting are making it seem like these kids robbed a bank, im only stating high school kids experimenting with pot is not a big deal. i smoked a few times in high school and college, did that lead me down a gateway of other drugs? absolutely not
Bill March 20, 2012 at 03:16 PM
Bruce - Have you forgotten that the last three presidents of the United States all tried pot when they were younger? Is it your contention that smoking pot as a young person will limit one's prospects to no higher than leader of the free world? I'm not sure that's going to scare off very many kids.
The Most Interesting Man in the World March 20, 2012 at 06:46 PM
Well let's cut to the chase here...there are 100s of parties with 1000s of young people home from college at holiday time, 1000s smoking pot like it or not at private residences. Does anyone wonder why police happen to show up at a party of only 8 young people at a private residence? Could it be the daughter of the mayor who voted to lay off police officers due to budgetary cuts was there? Is this a message to the politicians in town on how to vote? My opinion is this event is insignificant without these 2 facts and we would not be reading about the police entering a private home to arrest small number of young adults smoking pot otherwise.
Jack Oglethorpe March 20, 2012 at 09:39 PM
Adolpho. Please tell me about these physical and psychological side effects. Look it up. Marijuana is not bad for your lungs, it does not cause lung cancer. Please. Tell me.
Jack Oglethorpe March 21, 2012 at 02:50 AM
The funny thing is all of these effects are so vague and so insignificant. It says marijuana causes lung cancer when mixed with tobacco...but alone the effects are completely insignificant. They say there is a correlation between smoking and depression...DUH. The truth behind the statistics is that the people that are already depressed use marijuana to make themselves HAPPIER. Yes, what a terrible thing to do. And yes, what a misleading statistic because depression leads to marijuana, not marijuana to depression. And the same thing with motivation. If you're not motivated to try hard in college, school, or at work, then you probably have time to smoke pot. I can't see any significant negative long term effects of marijuana usage.
The Most Interesting Man in the World March 21, 2012 at 03:02 AM
I'm sorry, it was only 7 people, I counted Jacob twice, which is hardly a party. Since when does making noise allow police to enter a private residence? Seems like a bogus reason to say the least and who knows if even the noise complaint is true. The article also says police investigated a large party just prior detaining 9 juveniles, evidence of drinking and no arrests. Seems like 2 different standards apply, so you have to ask why. The difference is what I cited above, one's parent had a vote in a controversial issue and the others don't matter. Mr. Mostaccioli, given your intellectual and social subnormality, society says I must give you a pass on your comments to me.
Jack Oglethorpe March 21, 2012 at 03:13 AM
Haha. So there you go. Your lack of evidence leaves you with nothing but an insult to resort to. And to answer, I will gladly keep on tokin and living a fun life while you and other idiots like you whither away because you're not smart enough to understand as Drake says "Nigga YOLO".
Tommy P March 21, 2012 at 03:22 AM
Marijuana is loaded with tar and other known carcinigans, while I wouldnt use except in desperation as a treatment of sympompts of another disease, you should have right to use it legally as long as you don't put the rest of in jeopardy. http://alcoholism.about.com/od/pot/a/effects.-Lya.htm
The Most Interesting Man in the World March 21, 2012 at 02:22 PM
I don't forgive you, I said society gives your group special accommodation. Sleeping sounder is probably due to your medication. For your health, it is important that you take your medication only as it was prescribed by your doctor. Prescription abuse is a serious problem as well. I hope you smiled when you read this and I wish you a day medicated to perfection!
Bruce Knuckle March 21, 2012 at 02:36 PM
Jack, you are the poster boy for pot smoking dangers.
Bruce Knuckle March 21, 2012 at 02:45 PM
Your right about reading it here. It is insignificant, except for the fact that now we see the ex- Mayor can't run her household either. Why should a resident be respectful of her, when her own daughter isnt? To blame the police is an escape to that fact. If it transpired the way you claim, you can be assured, that the ex mayor would be very vocal about it.
JohnEdwards March 21, 2012 at 03:57 PM
Cutters76, the terms MaryJane, 420, reefer, Acapulco gold, dub, Ganja, and Bob Marley, are all probably too familiar to you, but unfortunately, the great United States of America will never legalize this drug, and the police will arrest you if you have it in your possession. For every argument to be made to legalize it there are 10 arguments to keep it illegal. So "don't worry, be happy", go to Mexico or California and enjoy with the rest of the marijuana-should-be-legal folk!.
The Most Interesting Man in the World March 21, 2012 at 05:07 PM
Bruce, when was the last time anyone was arrested for smoking pot in a private residence? You don't read about it because it just does not happen. Noise vilolations are a knock on the door, a "please hold it down" and walk away. The other noise violation that night had minors and alcohol and everybody walked away without an arrest. Jacob, who was arrested, mentions politics and FLPD above. I don't care about the ex-mayor's family relations, none of my business, however this is an unusual circumstance where the ex-mayor voted to layoff 4 officers, I think the deciding vote and her child is arrested for something on private property that no one ever gets arrested for stands out to me. If that happened to you, your family, would you not feel intimidated? How would other councilman with careers and families feel making future votes? What I am saying is a boundry has been crossed here and it is worth a look to see if everything is kosher here. Since this is a public embarrassment, I'm sure all those involved just want all of this to go away quietly and be forgotten.
The Most Interesting Man in the World March 21, 2012 at 05:08 PM
I'm glad we are not taking ourselves too seriously here. I feel good and lucky every morning I take a deep breath too.
The Most Interesting Man in the World March 21, 2012 at 05:42 PM
I don't know where you get that I am for legalizing drugs and my only weakness is a little red wine with my spagetti and meatballs. In fact pot is legal in NJ for medical purposes, so to say it will never happen is behind the times. I don't care about smoking pot, but what I do care about is the police, in this particular case, going onto private property and arresting the child of a politician who recently voted to cut the police force. This could be construed as intimidation of a public official since you would be hard pressed to find anybody being arrested for anyhing in the privacy of their own home. I think government that respects private property is what makes the good old US of A great. This situation needs to be looked at deeper.
The Most Interesting Man in the World March 21, 2012 at 07:15 PM
True, intimdation is not a fact, but it could be construed as a motivation. I am just hard pressed to find a reason to arrest some dopey kids smoking pot on private property under the old oak tree or at the kitchen table? I just don't think they said to the police, "come on in we are smoking pot now." But maybe they did...that is why I say it needs to be looked at deeper. Too bad we do not have more actual case facts from PATCH.
Bruce Knuckle March 22, 2012 at 12:45 AM
I beg to differ. The Patch gives you the story. Cops see an illegal act and they did what they were supposed to. Its funny, that after sitting dormant for a few months, the story comes back to life. I know if I had a chance to beat the rap, I would keep my mouth shut instead of spewing ignorance on a blog. Could it be that the charges are solid and will stick? Time will tell.
The Most Interesting Man in the World March 22, 2012 at 03:23 AM
Patch offers no detail on how on one hand cops see large groups of teenagers, detaining 9 juveniles and 5 adults with evidence of drinking with no arrests, so in that case they see an illegal act and do nothing and later enter a private residence and arrest 7. Patch did not report or did not ask why. if I were a betting man I would say pre-trial intervention for the arrested since probably none of these young people were ever involved in trouble before and this quietly goes away. The fact is one's mom voted to layoff some cops and got arrested and the other group got a pass.
Jack Oglethorpe March 22, 2012 at 11:04 PM
Sorry Cutters but the police did do something about the party with 9 juveniles and 5 adults. All of these detained people had to stand in front of a committee that determined their punishment.
The Most Interesting Man in the World March 23, 2012 at 12:49 AM
That's not what this article says, which is my complaint, it only says detained and released at the scene, which appears to be nothing. You have alternative info and clearly serving minors alcohol is a crime, so were any arrested, taken to the police station and charged with a crime, dealing with the prosecutor's office, etc., like the 7 with the ex-mayor's daughter? The alternative treatment sounds intersting, do you have any other brief details on how that works? The only alternative I know is pre-trial intervention, but you admit to a crime, see a judge, report to a parole type officer, stay trouble free, pay restitution, etc.
Jack Oglethorpe March 23, 2012 at 02:35 AM
I'm not exactly sure what happened but they basically had to individually appear in front of a juvenile delinquency committee that determined some sort of minor punishment.
Bill April 19, 2012 at 02:40 PM
Okay, everyone, time to switch sides! http://www.northjersey.com/news/crime_courts/Son_of_Bergen_County_Executive_Kathleen_Donovan_arrested_on_drug_charges_.html RUTHERFORD — Police arrested Bergen County Executive Kathleen Donovan’s 20-year-old son on drug charges after he allegedly picked up two girls from the high school and smoked marijuana with them at the county executive’s home, authorities said.
Jeremy Mash December 07, 2012 at 10:18 PM
Just found this, to let everyone know the charges were ALL dropped. The same brilliant legal system in which marijuana is illegal ruled this an illegal search and seizure because although the cops were allowed in the house after observing underage drinking, they were NOT allowed upstairs where the smoking was occurring. hahahaha

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