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Paterson Bust Near Day-Care Center: 3,148 Heroin Bags, AR-15, .357 Magnum

The raided house (right) is across from a city day-care center.
The raided house (right) is across from a city day-care center. Photo Credit: Googlemaps

PATERSON, N.J. -- Paterson detectives seized nearly 3,150 bags of heroin, an AR-15 rifle and a high-powered handgun while arresting an 18-year-old city man during a drug bust at a private home across the street from a day care center, authorities said.

Investigators who watched as sales went down moved in at 7:20 p.m. Tuesday and arrested Marshall Stevenson on various drug and weapons charges, Police Director Jerry Speziale said.

Found during a raid of the house on the corner of East 28th Street -- across from the Paterson Public Schools 14th Avenue Early Learning Center -- Speziale said, were:

  • 3,148 bags of heroin;
  • an AR-15 Anderson Manufacturing assault rifle;
  • a .357 Magnum Python Hunter handgun;
  • a 30-round 5.56 magazine.

Stevenson remained held in the Passaic County Jail pending further court action.

“This is a major arrest with the quantity of drugs and high power weapons taken off our streets," Speziale said.

"I am inspired by the tireless efforts displayed by the men and women," the director said. "We will continue one block, bag and dangerous weapon at a time making a safer Paterson.”

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