YOU READ IT HERE FIRST: An Upper Saddle River woman already facing drug charges connected to an illegal gun used in a shootout with police was being held on $250,000 bail in the Bergen County Jail this morning following her arrest last night by Ridgefield Park police, who said they found her with a variety of drugs for sale in a car parked outside a Route 46 auto repair shop.
Cristiana Lea Cyriax, 22, had “more than the usual amount” of pot, along with heroin, cocaine and LSD, when Officer Bradley Gilmore found her while following up on an 8:30 p.m. call of a suspicious car in the lot of STS Tire and Auto Center, Ridgefield Park Police Capt. Daniel Hippe told CLIFFVIEW PILOT this morning.
A passenger who was with her was released and her vehicle was impounded, Hippe said.
Last month, detectives from the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office charged Cyriax on a summons with possession with intent to distribute marijuana, possession of Ecstasy and possession of psilocybin.
Bergen County Prosecutor John L. Molinelli said at the time that Cyriax was “involved in the distribution of drugs” with her boyfriend, 23-year-old Sean Stark of Paramus.
Stark was being held on $750,000 bail after Molinelli’s detectives charged him with giving an illegal handgun to 22-year-old Robert Leonardis, also of Paramus – who they said then used it in a shootout with Hackensack police while being chased before dawn on July 22.
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One round fired by Leonardis hit the hood of a police cruiser and another went through the windshield, narrowly missing the officer driving, Molinelli said. Officers returned fire, striking him several times.
Leonardis has remained in critical condition at Hackensack University Medical Center since then. He is charged with a variety of offenses, including attempted murder of a police officer.
Stark bought the .45-caliber handgun for $500 from Jerry “Angel” Nunez, 21, of Cliffside Park, who had it shipped here from Florida via UPS, Molinelli said.
Among others charged in the case are Jorge Alberto Rodriguez, 21, of Pembroke Pines, Florida, who the prosecutor said sold and shipped the gun to Nunez.
Alexander J. Kim, 23, who lives with Stark, was charged with possession of Ecstasy and drug paraphernalia.
MUGSHOT: Courtesy BERGEN COUNTY PROSECUTOR’S OFFICE
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