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Passaic County Sheriff: Ex-Con With Guns Busted Selling Heroin

Passaic County Sheriff Richard Berdnik
Passaic County Sheriff Richard Berdnik Photo Credit: COURTESY: Passaic County Sheriff

PATERSON, N.J. -- Passaic County sheriff's officers busted a street-level heroin operation, seized 1,085 small bags of the drug, two handguns and more than $2,500 in cash while arresting an accused dealer.

Detectives watched 24-year-old ex-con Clarence Williams make a car-to-car deal Tuesday afternoon before pulling him over a short time later, Passaic County Sheriff Richard H. Berdnik said.

He was carrying 100 glassine envelopes of heroin and $366 that were both seized, the sheriff said.

A search of Williams's Spring Street residence turned up another 985 folds, $2,146 and both a .22-caliber Beretta semi-automatic handgun and a .38-caliber revolver, as well as ammunition for each, he said.

"Eleven serious charges, underscore the significance of this arrest." Berdnik said.

"Detectives were able to take not only a large amount of drugs off our streets but powerful handguns."

Williams was charged with various drug and weapons counts.

He was being held on $100,000 bail in the Bergen County Jail.

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