PATERSON, NJ - A heroin distribution ring operating out of Paterson and supplying the illegal drugs throughout Passaic and Bergen Counties was interrupted Wednesday following a two-month investigation by the Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office Narcotics, Gangs and Violent Crimes Task Force.

According to Passaic County Prosecutor Camelia M. Valdes, the investigation, which was supported by local police departments in Hackensack, Passaic, Totowa, Wayne, and Woodland Park, as well the Passaic County Sheriff’s Office, led to four arrests and the confiscation of 645 envelopes of suspected heroin, with an estimated street value of $6,000 dollars. Nearly $140,000 cash and one vehicle were also seized. 

The statement reads that the investigation was launched in December 2019 when the Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office received information that there were individuals allegedly distributing large amounts of heroin in Paterson. The Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office launched an extensive investigation into the activities of Carlos Nunez, 48, Hackensack, and Jose M. Hernandez, 51, Passaic, two of the suspects arrested in the operation. 

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Nunez and Hernandez face a series of drugs related charges and up 10 years in prison.

Also arrested Wednesday were Vincenza Occorso, 33, Passaic, and Grinkin Ulrich, 63, Paterson, who were both charged with possession of heroin.