Ridgewood police have a bit of advice for those heading to a court appearance in Ridgewood Village Hall – leave the drugs at home.
During a security screening at the court room entrance in Village Hall on Nov. 15, police claim Randolph Hillenberg, 37, of Ridgewood passed a backpack to Patrolman John Chuck. Chuck smelled marijuana emanating from the bag and upon inspection, found a ziplog bag that "contained marijuana, cocaine, numerous prescription pills and drug paraphernalia," police said in a statement.
Hillenberg was arrested and charged with possession of prescription drugs without a prescription, possession of cocaine, possession of drug paraphernalia. He was released following his first appearance, pending superior court action.