Monday, January 22, 2018

Tractor Trailer Driver Arrested for Alleged CDS Possession

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Daniel Hannigan (35) of Philadelphia, PA. for possessing a controlled dangerous substances on October 8, 2017. On that date, at approximately 4:35 A.M., a retired Fairfield police officer who was travelling on Route 80 West, contacted the police department and reported that a tractor-trailer was driving erratically and was about to enter Fairfield.

Sergeant Frank Tracey and Officer Daniel Moran responded to Route 80 westbound and allegedly observed a 2011 Mack truck that was pulling a trailer, failing to maintain its lane. The officers then initiated a traffic stop. The operator was found to be Hannigan.

During the course of the encounter it is alleged that the officers observed “track marks” on both of Hannigan’s forearms. As the investigation continued, it is alleged that the officers recovered two glassine folds and two plastic capsules containing suspected heroin, hypodermic syringes, one and a half Xanax tablets, a small quantity of suspected marijuana and assorted drug paraphernalia. Hannigan was placed under arrest. The New Jersey State Police assisted by impounding the truck.

While at police headquarters, the officers administered filed sobriety tests in order to determine if Hannigan was under the influence. He allegedly passed these tests. Hannigan was charged with possession of heroin, possession of less than 50 grams of marijuana, possession of hypodermic syringes and possession of drug paraphernalia. In addition, he received motor vehicle summonses for possessing a CDS in a motor vehicle, failing to maintain a lane and careless driving. He was released on his own recognizance pending an October 19, 2017 appearance in the Fairfield Municipal Court.

“This was an extremely dangerous situation and I commend our former officer for the actions taking in protecting all motorists driving through Fairfield” said Chief Anthony G. Manna.

(It should be noted that the charges against Hannigan are merely allegations and that he is presumed innocent until he either pleads guilty or is found guilty in a court of law)   

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