PATERSON, NJ- An anonymous tip about drug activity led to surveillance by the Passaic County Sheriff’s Office Bureau of Narcotics, and the arrest of two men on several charges each related to drug possession, sales, and in one of the men’s case, resisting arrest.

According to a statement release by Passaic County Sheriff Richard H. Berdnik, detectives observed 28-year-old Mathew Paventa of Bloomingdale engage in a “hand-to-hand street-level narcotics transaction” with Savion L. Clark, 27, while double parked in front of 247 Liberty Street at approximately 8:30 p.m. on Monday.

Following this, the report reads, both men were approached by the officers, at which point Paventa began a short pursuit that ended the intersection of Preakness Avenue and Totowa Avenue. Paventa was immediately arrested and found to be in possession of three zip-locked baggies containing suspected crack-cocaine and 19 glassine envelopes containing suspected heroin. 

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Clark was also placed under arrest for his role in the transaction.

A later search of his home which Clark consented to yielded approximately half an ounce of suspected crack-cocaine with an estimated street value of $1000.

Both men were transported to the Passaic County Sheriff’s Headquarters.