Bloomfield police announced on Monday the recovery of $1,437 in cash and six ounces of marijuana from a suspected “high volume” drug dealer.
After receiving an anonymous tip about a Craigslist poster seeking a buyer for marijuana, Officer Matthew Rubbianaccio contacted the woman and arranged to purchase drugs at the Quick Chek on Broad Street on Saturday, according to police.
A 29-year-old Union City resident, Amanda Rodriguez, told the officer to enter her vehicle, where he found her 12-year-old son and 5-year-old daughter, police said in a statement.
Rubbianaccio’s partner, Officer Ray Diaz, arrested Rodriguez, who was charged with possession of marijuana, possession of marijuana with intent to distribute within 500 feet of a public park, possession of marijuana with intent to distribute within 1,000 feet of a school and endangering the welfare of a child, according to police.
Rodriguez also had an outstanding warrant out of Union City, police said. She remained lodged at the Essex County Correctional Facility in Newark on Monday, records show.
The children were turned over to the state Department of Children and Families, according to police.