PATERSON, NJ- Five men, including four Paterson residents, have been arrested for their alleged involvement in a heroin distribution ring that extended throughout Passaic County and into the Bronx, NY.

The arrests come after a six month investigation conducted by the Passaic County Prosecutor’s Task Force, the Passaic County Sheriff’s Department and the Drug Enforcement Agency. Numerous local police departments including Wayne, Clifton, Ringwood, Totowa, Bloomingdale, Elmwood Park, West Milford, North Haledon, Woodland Park and Passaic also assisted in the investigation.

Arrested and charged on Monday were:

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Faustino E. Acosta-Jaquez, 33, Paterson

James R. Brown, 48, Paterson

Tirrell Singletary, 27, Paterson

Jamel Palmer, 28, Paterson

Leopoldo Abreu Evangelista, 60, Bronx, NY


According to a report by the Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office, an investigation was launched into the activities of Faustino Acosta-Jaquez in or around June, 2017, when they received information that  an individual was distributing large amounts of heroin in Passaic County.

337 grams of suspected heroin, estimated to have a value of $25,000, nearly $10000 in cash, and two vehicles were seized as a result of the investigation.

Those arrested have been charged with various offenses including Possession of Heroin, Conspiracy to Distribute Heroin, and Maintaining or Operating a Controlled Dangerous Substance Production Facility.