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PIP police find 7½ pounds of pot in truck after Golden Gloves champs ignites fireworks at Palisades lookout

Photo Credit: Courtesy PIP POLICE
Photo Credit: Courtesy PIP POLICE
Photo Credit: Courtesy PIP POLICE

YOU READ IT HERE FIRST: A former Golden Gloves chamption chased down by Palisades Interstate Parkway police after he set off fireworks at the Rockefeller Lookout had 7½ pounds of pot in his truck, authorities said.

Lt. Jesse Cohen Officer Nicholas Valakas were conducting a routine check of the lookout yesterday morning when they spotted a white Range Rover with a cracked windshield, Police Chief Michael Coppola said.

Vaughn Jackson, Ashly Lugo (MUGSHOTS: Courtesy PIP POLICE)

They were arresting the driver, 25-year-old Boruch Ungarischer of Wickliffe OH ( below, left ), after smelling marijuana and spotting a pipe when they heard “a barage of fireworks” ignited along the lower ledge of the lookout, the chief said.

Ungarischer was secured in a police cruiser while the officers approached a trio on the other side of the safety barrier, he said.

Two women stopped and exited the woods, while the third member of the group tried running, Coppola said.

Cohen quickly caught him, he said.

Identified as Tor Hamer, 32 ( above ), he smelled of alcohol and marijuana, Coppola said.

A search turned up a pack of rolling papers and a small clear bag containing PCP, he said.

Boruch Ungarischer (MUGSHOTS: Courtesy PIP POLICE)

Hamer’s black GMC Yukon Denali was seized for a search warrant application, which later turned up seven Food Saver vacuum bags with the pot in a duffel bag in the truck’s cargo area, Coppola said.

One of the women — Vaughn Jackson, 22 ( above, right ), of Cambridge, MA — was charged with possession of pot and fireworks.

The other — 28-year-old Vaughn Jackson, Ashly Lugo of New York City ( above, left ) — was charged along with Hamer with possession with the intent to distribute more than 5 pounds of marijuana and possession of fireworks.

Lugo was also charged with conspiracy.

Hamer also was charged with possession of PCP and resisting arrest, obstruction and hindering.

Hamer — a Harlem native who won the National Golden Gloves as super heavyweight in 2008 — was being held on $84,500 bail in the Bergen County Jail, along with a trio of warrants out of Cherry Hill, Westampton and Monroe Township.

MUGSHOTS: Courtesy PIP POLICE

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