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Passaic County Sheriff's Officers Bust 3 In Prospect Park After Heroin Deal

Eric Sanchez, Adrian Rodriguez, Pelal Deeb
Eric Sanchez, Adrian Rodriguez, Pelal Deeb Photo Credit: MUGSHOTS: Courtesy PASSAIC COUNTY SHERIFF

PROSPECT PARK, N.J. -- Passaic County sheriff's officers grabbed three men in Prospect Park with 1,000 folds of heroin worth about $4,000 on the street after following their BMW from Paterson, authorities said.

Detectives approached the 328 around 7 p.m. Tuesday at North 12th Street and Brown Avenue, Sheriff Richard H. Berdnik said early Wednesday.

The driver, 25-year-old Eric Sanchez of Paterson, was talking on the phone, looking in different directions, "as if he was waiting someone's arrival," the sheriff said. With him was Pelal Deeb, 22, of Totowa.

Several minutes later, Adrian Rodriguez, 22, of Paterson approach the car, removed a cardboard box and handed the occupants money, Berdnik said.

Detectives seized the heroin and $1,480 in cash, arresting the trio, he said.

Rodriguez and Sanchez were being held on $100,000 bail each and Deeb on $50,000 bail in the Passaic County Jail on a variety of drug possession and distribution charges, the sheriff said.

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