N.J. couple accused of using heroin in car in front of 3-year-old kids

A New Jersey couple was arrested Thursday after Hackensack police say they were using heroin in a car with their children present.

Suzanne Laliberte in a 2014 police photo. Joseph Corcoran’s photo was not available. (Hackensack PD) 

Joseph Corcoran, 35, of Washington Township, and Suzanne Laliberte, 35, of Middlesex, were arrested after police received a report of people using drugs in a vehilce, police said in a report.

Narcotics officers arrived about 5:20 p.m. to find Corcoran and Laliberte sitting in a car parked near Blauvelt Place. In the back seat were two 3-year-old children, according to police.

On the ground near the passenger side, officers found several empty envelopes containing suspected heroin and stamped in blue ink with “Captain American,” police said.

Inside the car, police said they saw a hypodermic needle and several empty envelopes on the floor mat.

Officers said Laliberte handed over two more hypodermic needles with suspected heroin residue inside and a bottle cap containing heroin.

Corcoran allegedly told police the drugs and paraphernalia were his, police said.

“That’s all mine, I gave it to her to hold,” police quoted Corcoran in their report.

Corcoran and Laliberte were arrested on child endangerment and drug charges, police said.

The children were taken into state custody and later released to their grandparents, according to police.

Hackensack police said they arrested the couple on outstanding warrants in 2014 but did not have further details of about the arrests on Friday.

Anthony G. Attrino may be reached at tattrino@njadvancemedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @TonyAttrino. Find NJ.com on Facebook.

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