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Passaic Sheriff: Tec-9, Stolen Semi-Automatic Seized In Paterson Drug Raid

Jose Ramirez
Jose Ramirez Photo Credit: MUGSHOT: Courtesy PASSAIC COUNTY SHERIFF

PATERSON, N.J. -- Passaic County sheriff's narcotics detectives seized a 9mm TEC-9 with a high-capacity magazine and a stolen .380-caliber semi-automatic handgun, along with more than 100 Oxycodone pills and nearly $2,000 in suspected drug proceeds, during a raid Thursday at the home of an accused Paterson dealer.

Jose Ramirez, 31, had just sold a bag of cocaine on the side of the house to a 29-year-old Fair Lawn man who was stopped "out of the area" by one team of officers, Sheriff Richard H. Berdnik said.

This led to a search of the Cliff Street apartment by detectives and members of the department's Warrant Squad, he said.

Berdnik's Narcotics Bureau investigators had been watching Ramirez for two weeks before moving in, the sheriff said,

Found, the sheriff said, were:

  • 117 Oxycodone pill worth a combined $3,500;
  • an Intratec 9mm Tec-DC9, with a high-capacity magazine;
  • a .380 Smith & Wesson semi-automatic handgun -- reported stolen out of North Carolina in 2012 -- with five bullets;
  • $1,877 in cash.

Ramirez was charged with various drug and weapons counts and taken to the Passaic County Jail while a judge was conducted to set bail, Berdnik said.

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