Wad of Cash Spares NJ Man, But Leads to His Arrest

Jaquan Taylor escaped serious injury because he had $3,400 in his pocket -- but police also found heroin and marijuana in his jacket

Sunday, Dec 4, 2011  |  Updated 9:10 AM EDT
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Wad of Cash Spares NJ Man, But Leads to His Arrest

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Carrying a large wad of cash in his pants proved to be a mixed blessing for a northern New Jersey man.

Totowa police tell The Record that 21-year-old Jaquan Taylor of Paterson was in a bar parking lot around 3 a.m. Saturday when someone shot him in the right thigh.

But Taylor escaped serious injury because the $3,400 he had in his pocket helped buffer the bullet's impact.

Taylor drove home but later went to a hospital after his girlfriend called police. He then mentioned having money in his clothes, so Totowa police tried to find it so it could be returned to him.

But besides the cash, they found heroin and marijuana in his jacket.

Taylor now faces drug charges. It's not known if he's retained an attorney.

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