According to officials, the arrests were made as the end of a detailed investigation conducted by the Passaic County Sheriff’s Office. Police opened the investigation after getting an anonymous tip that one of the suspects was using his house, which is located on Totowa Avenue in Paterson, to distribute cocaine.
During the investigation, police reportedly found out that the suspect was also using his motor vehicle, a 2004 BMW 530, to transport cocaine for illegal distribution.
Passaic County authorities conducted surveillance on the suspect’s home and trailed him as he drove off in his BMW.
Police officers eventually pulled over the suspect and searched his car, reportedly leading to the discovery of 26 baggies of cocaine. The baggies were allegedly hidden inside a lint roller.
After allegedly discovering the illegal narcotics, Passaic County police placed the suspect under arrest.
Police also arrested another man in the vehicle because he was reportedly in possession of two baggies of cocaine.
When Passaic County detectives returned to the main suspect’s house, they searched the premises and allegedly found another 470 grams of raw cocaine, a .22-caliber Jennings semi-automatic handgun reported stolen out of Ohio, and more than $1,000 in cash.
Both suspects face criminal charges for multiple drug offenses, including possession of cocaine with intent to distribute. The main suspect also faces charges for illegal possession of a handgun.
Moreover, the suspects, who both live in the Bronx, New York, are reportedly undocumented immigrants. As a result, they could be subject to deportation proceedings after the criminal matter is resolved.
To learn more about this case, access the NJ.com article, “Duo Had $25K in Cocaine, Nearly $9K in Cash, Stolen Gun, Sheriff Says.”