PATERSON, NJ- A month-long investigation by the Passaic County Sheriff’s Office, Bureau of Narcotics, led to the arrest of two Paterson men and the confiscation of 1.4 pounds of cocaine from a residence located at 86 Murray Street on Thursday.

According to Passaic County Sheriff Richard H. Berdnik, the investigation was launched based on information regarding potential narcotic activity at the home. The report reads that at approximately 7:00 p.m. on Thursday detectives followed Daniel A. Hernandez and Alexis Hernandez from the home to an area near International High School where they remained in the car with the lights off.

While parked, an unknown individual approached the vehicle on the passenger side and engaged in an apparent narcotic transaction. Following the transaction the detectives stopped the vehicle, a Honda Accord, and immediately saw 5 zip-locked baggies and 2 knotted clear plastic bags containing raw cocaine in plain view. The individual fled and was not apprehended.

A subsequent search of the home turned up the additional cocaine, as well as drug paraphernalia and $230 of suspected drug proceeds. According to Sheriff Berdnik the narcotics had a combined value of $22,000