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Passaic Sheriff's Deadbeat Dad Patrol Nabs Double-Parked Ex-Con With Gun

Danny Rosado
Danny Rosado Photo Credit: MUGSHOT: Courtesy PASSAIC COUNTY SHERIFF

PATERSON, N.J. -- Passaic County sheriff's detectives hunting down deadbeat dads overnight Thursday in Paterson got an added bonus: They found an ex-con who was blocking street traffic with his truck carrying a semi-automatic handgun, along with pot, cocaine, drug proceeds and packaging materials, authorities said.

Warrant Squad detectives were in the area of Butler and May streets around 4 a.m. when they approached the double-parked Ford Explorer and smelled raw marijuana inside, Passaic County Sheriff Richard H. Berdnik said.

They ordered Danny Rosado, 45, of Paterson out of the vehicle -- and immediately spotted two baggies, one filled with pot and the other cocaine, he said.

Searching the rest of the vehicle, they found a Raven .25-caliber handgun on the rear floor, along with empty zip-locking baggies, the sheriff said.

The detectives took Rosado into custody and seized the weapon, drugs and $536 in suspected drug proceeds, he said.

Rosado remained held without bail in the Passaic County Jail on Thursday pending a detention hearing on drug and weapons charges that include being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm.

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