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Passaic Sheriff: Prescription Drug Dealer Stashed Pills In Steering Column

Damon Brown
Damon Brown Photo Credit: MUGSHOT: Courtesy PASSAIC COUNTY SHERIFF

PATERSON, N.J. -- A Paterson dealer selling prescription drugs on the street had more than four dozen Oxycodone pills hidden in the steering column of his car -- and 230 Clonazepams in his home, Passaic County Sheriff Richard N. Berdnik said Saturday.

Berdnik's detectives checked out a tip in the area of E. 35th Street and 20th Avenue and saw 44-year-old Damon Brown approach a car holding a prescription bottle, remove several pills and "hand them to the occupants in exchange for money," Berdnik said.

As the vehicle left, Brown got into a parked green 2001 Audi and drove off, the sheriff said.

The detectives pulled him over and K-9 Justus -- handled by Officer Scott Phillips -- "gave a positive indication" for drugs after an exterior sniff of the Audi, he said.

Brown was arrested after the Oxy was found, the sheriff said. He was carrying $563, Berdnik said.

A search of his home turned up 13 grams of cocaine and $3,000 cash, in addition to the Clonazepam (Klonopin), he said.

The total value of the drugs was $5,000, the sheriff said.

A judge released Brown pending a hearing on various drug-related charges. The $3,563 was seized for forfeiture.

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