Paterson NJ police arrested an individual accused of selling illegal narcotics on a city street.
According to authorities, the suspect was seen by Paterson police officers who were on patrol around 12th Avenue and 22nd Street in Paterson, New Jersey. Two Paterson police officers reportedly spotted the suspect approaching a white SUV, talking to the driver, and then accepting money for drugs.
When police officers stopped the suspect a short time later, he allegedly screamed obscenities at them and then tried to flee the scene on foot. Police gave chase, with the suspect allegedly striking one of the officers.
Other Paterson police officers soon joined pursuit and eventually found the suspect on Hamilton Street, where he was reportedly trying to climb a fence. While the suspect climbed, an officer grabbed the suspect’s belt. The suspect allegedly responded by punching the police officer, causing the officer to fall down and injure his wrist.
Paterson NJ police managed to subdue the suspect and arrest him.
While searching the suspect, police allegedly found multiple baggies of MDMA, an illegal drug that goes by the name “Molly.” Police also allegedly discovered a Davis .380-caliber handgun.
The suspect was initially moved to St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center in Paterson, NJ so that he could be examined by doctors. Later, the suspect was taken to Paterson police headquarters.
Before arriving at the Paterson police station, the suspect allegedly became agitated and kicked at a window inside the police car. Police officers in the front seat then used pepper spray on the suspect.
The suspect faces criminal charges for multiple drug crimes, including possession of a controlled dangerous substance (CDS) and illegal possession of drugs near school property. The suspect has also been charged with aggravated assault on a police officer, terroristic threats, resisting arrest, and unlawful possession of a weapon.
For more information about this case, go to the NJ.com article, “Alleged Drug Dealer Accused of Punching, Threatening to Kill Cops.”