GARFIELD, NJ — Four New Jersey residents are facing drug charges after the Bergen County Prosecutor said they were operating an “illegal marijuana dispensary” in Garfield.
The Prosecutor’s Office Narcotic Task Force began investigating THC JARZ, a storefront in Garfield that was selling recreational marijuana and other THC products, in July, officials said.
Officials said Jaime Costanzo was “reporting herself” to be the owner of the business, while Vincent Scarpulla and Richard Walenty were employees.
Undercover detectives eventually purchased marijuana and other products from Scarpulla and Walenty at the storefront during the investigation.
On Sept. 16, detectives from the Narcotics Task Force, the Garfield Police Department and the South Hackensack Police Department executed a search warrant at THC JARZ, where detectives found “a substantial amount” of marijuana, edibles, THC wax and oil and around $15,000.
Detectives also executed a search warrant at the home of Jaime Costanzo and Michael Delmoral, the fourth person charged in the case. The search of the home led to the seizure of approximately one pound of marijuana and drug paraphernalia, which officials said was consistent with distribution.
The prosecutor said that even though marijuana is now legal in New Jersey, there are still rules and regulations that need to