According to authorities, the Passaic County Sheriff’s Office raided a home located at 276 Carroll Street. The residence is in Paterson’s Sandy Hill neighborhood, near Eastside High School.
Law enforcement received a tip about drug activity in the area. Police then spent two weeks watching the home and observing the suspects before conducting the raid.
When police finally tried to enter the home, one of the suspects allegedly pushed his weight against the door in order to block their entry. However, detectives were able to force their way inside the residence.
Narcotics detectives with the Passaic County Sheriff’s Office allegedly seized a large quantity of drugs, including more than one pound of marijuana, half an ounce of cocaine, and multiple prescription pills. The total street value of the seized drugs is approximately $4,200.
Authorities also reportedly seized a .38-caliber revolver, as well as $7,200 in cash. It is believed that the cash represents the proceeds of illegal drug sales.
If any of the suspects are eventually convicted on the marijuana distribution charges, they could be in store for severe penalties. As set forth by N.J.S.A. 2C:35-5, manufacturing marijuana with intent to distribute more than one pound of the drug can be classified as a third degree felony and carries a sentence of 3-5 years in NJ State Prison.
For additional information about this case, check out the NorthJersey.com article entitled “Sheriff: Paterson Raid Nets $4,200 in Drugs, Five Suspected Dealers and a Handgun.”