Man had 90 bags of marijuana hidden down pants, police say


A Hoboken man was charged with a slew of drug offenses on Feb. 2 when police found he was hiding 90 bags in marijuana in his pants, authorities said.

Juan Bernhardt-Deris, 22, was charged with possession of marijuana, possession of marijuana with intent to distribute and other drug counts, as well as hindering apprehension for initially providing a false name, Hoboken police Lt. Edgardo Cruze said.

A companion, Bryan Hansen, 26, of Ridgefield Park, was charged with two counts bail jumping, defiant trespass and hindering for also providing a false name, Cruz said.

Police watched the two men leave a city Housing Authority building on Marshall Avenue at 8:50 p.m. Feb. 2 and get into a vehicle, Cruz said. The police stopped the pair to question them because police did not recognize them as residents of the building, Cruz said.

Cruz said the officers detected an odor of marijuana in the vehicle and found a small bag of marijuana on Bernhardt-Deris’ seat. After he was arrested and taken to police headquarters police found 90 bags of marijuana concealed in his groin area, Cruz said.

Bernhardt-Deris was released on a summons and Hansen was released after posting bail on outstanding warrants, Cruze said.