PATERSON, NJ - Paterson Police Narcotics Detectives have “intensified their efforts,” Public Safety Director Jerry Speziale said Friday after an operation led to four arrests.

According to Speziale, detectives launched an investigation near the area of Beech Street and Oak Street in response to increased illegal drug activity in the area. 

At approximately 11:30 a.m., on Thursday surveillance detectives observed Michael T. James exit an Oak Street home and engage in a hand-to-hand drug transaction with Calvin L. Wallace. Following the transaction, Wallace departed the area while James returned to the home.

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Wallace was arrested near the area of Summer Street and Morton Street where he was found to be in possession of seven small plastic baggies containing suspected crack cocaine and 62 glassine envelopes containing suspected heroin.

Just over an hour later, at approximately 12:45 p.m., James again departed the home and engaged in a drug transaction, this time with a man identified as Kevin G. Thomas. While James returned to the home, Thomas departed the area in a motor vehicle only to be arrested in the area of Madison Street and found to be in possession of eight small plastic baggies containing suspected crack cocaine, as well as a stun-gun. 

A passenger in the vehicle, identified as Clarence Durham, was also arrested and charged. 

With the arrests in hand detectives were granted a search warrant for the Oak Street home which was executed at approximately 7:20 p.m. In addition to arrested James police seized 82 grams, or 54 bricks, of raw heroin, 62 glassine envelopes containing suspected heroin, 15 small plastic baggies containing suspected crack cocaine, and $1,242 in cash.

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