According to authorities, the arrests were made as the culmination of a lengthy investigation by the Passaic County Sheriff s Office. The investigation began after police received a tip that one of the suspects was using his home, located on Totowa Avenue in Paterson NJ, to distribute cocaine.
During the investigation, police also learned that the suspect was allegedly using his car, a 2004 BMW 530, to deal cocaine.
Passaic County law enforcement conducted surveillance on the suspect s residence and followed him as he drove away in his motor vehicle.
Police eventually conducted a traffic stop and searched the suspect s car, resulting in them allegedly finding 26 baggies filled with cocaine. The baggies were reportedly hidden inside a lint roller that had been placed in a secret compartment.
After allegedly finding the illicit narcotics, police officers arrested the suspect and another man who was in the vehicle at the time. The other suspect allegedly had two baggies of cocaine on his person.
When detectives went back to the main suspect s house, they conducted a search and allegedly discovered another 470 grams of raw cocaine, a .22-caliber Jennings semi-automatic handgun that had been reported as stolen out of Ohio, and more than $1,000 in cash believed to be the proceeds of illegal drug sales.
It has been estimated that the total street value of the seized cocaine is approximately $25,000.
Both suspects have been charged with multiple drug crimes, including possession of cocaine with intent to distribute. The main suspect has also been charged with illegal possession of a handgun.
Additionally, the suspects, who both reside in the Bronx, NY, are said to be undocumented immigrants, so they could face deportation proceedings once the criminal matter has been resolved. The suspects have already been placed on what is known as an immigration detainer from the US Department of Homeland Security.
For further information about this case, view the NJ.com article, “Duo Had $25K in Cocaine, Nearly $9K in Cash, Stolen Gun, Sheriff Says.”