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Sunday, October 30, 2005

Cop charged with ignoring pot offense

Kibret Markos, NJ
Saturday, October 29, 2005

A 21-year veteran of the Englewood Police Department was arrested Friday and charged with failing to arrest two women that he saw smoking marijuana, Bergen County prosecutors said.

Sgt. Joseph Martin came across two females - one a juvenile and the other an adult - at a private building in August 2005, said Assistant Bergen County Prosecutor Jeffrey Ziegelheim. Martin did not arrest the women although he saw them smoking marijuana, Ziegelheim said.

Investigations began after the women were later arrested by officers in a different town and told police that Martin had seen them smoking pot, the assistant prosecutor said.

The women couldn't remember the exact date of the incident, he said.

Martin was charged with official misconduct and released on his own recognizance. He has also resigned from his position with the Englewood police, Ziegelheim said.


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