PATERSON, N.J. -- Undercover Passaic County sheriff's detectives nabbed an ex-con as he toted several ounces of raw cocaine and heroin, more than a pound and a half of pot, a loaded revolver and a bag of hollow-point bullets in a laundry bag, authorities said.
Citizens complaints about drug dealing brought the investigators to East 30th Street and 11th Avenue in Paterson, Passaic County Sheriff Richard H. Berdnik said Wednesday.
Around 9:40 p.m. Tuesday, they saw a white GMC SUV park in front of a residence on East 30th Street, he said.
The driver, 30-year-old Jeffrey Suarez of Paterson, eventually got out, walked up the driveway and took a laundry bag from the cargo area of a black Chevy SUV, the sheriff said.
Suarez then pulled out a bag holding the pound of marijuana from it, put the laundry bag over his shoulder and headed back down the driveway -- at which point the detectives rushed up and grabbed him, Berdnik said.
Inside the laundry bag were about $12,000 worth of drugs, he said:
- One vacuumed-sealed bag with a pound of pot;
- Three more bags of marijuana -- about 10 ounces worth;
- 36 small bundles of heroin;
- A plastic bag with 18 grams of raw heroin;
- A plastic bag with 108 grams of raw cocaine;
- 215 vials of crack -- about two ounces worth;
- 126 zip-locking baggies of cocaine.
They also seized a .44-cal Smith & Wesson revolver loaded with five hollow-point bullets, a bag filled with 19 more hollow-point bullets and $1,182 in alleged drug proceeds, the sheriff said.
Suarez was being held in the Passaic County Jail pending a detention hearing on a variety of drug and weapons offenses.
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