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PATERSON, N.J. Passaic County Prosecutor Camelia M. Valdes announces that Tyian Edwards, 32, of Paterson, was found guilty after a jury trial before the Honorable Joseph A. Portelli, J.S.C., of four counts of drug related offenses.

The State presented evidence at the trial that, on Thursday, April 3, 2014, at approximately 2:44 pm, narcotics detectives from the Paterson Police Department were conducting an investigation in the area of 50-52 Rosa Parks Boulevard. Detectives observed a female handing Mr. Edwards paper currency and in exchange, Mr. Edwards reached into his waistband and handed the female small object(s). When detectives approached, Mr. Edwards was arrested and found with possession of fifteen baggies of marijuana stamped with a black eight ball and $175. The female was also arrested and found in possession of two baggies of marijuana stamped with a black eight ball. The distribution occurred within only one city block of Public School #10.

On January 23, 2017, a Passaic County jury convicted Mr. Edwards of four counts: Distribution of a Controlled Dangerous Substance, Distribution of a Controlled Dangerous Substance within 1000 feet of School Property, Possession of a Controlled Dangerous Substance with the intent to Distribute, and Possession of a Controlled Dangerous Substance with the intent to Distribute within 1000 feet of School Property

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Sentencing is scheduled for March 10, 2017 before Judge Portelli. Following the guilty verdict, Judge Portelli granted the State’s motion to remand the defendant to the Passaic County Jail pending sentence. Mr. Edwards is mandatory extended term eligible and faces a maximum of 10 years in State Prison.

Passaic County Assistant Prosecutor Kathy Oviedo represented the State during the jury trial before Judge Portelli and Mr. Edwards was represented by Leigh Saltiel, Esq.

Media inquiries should be directed to Assistant Prosecutor Kathy Oviedo at (973) 881-4858 (office) or

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African Heritage Parade a Success

June 18, 2018

Dear Editor: 

I am writing this letter to publicly apologize to the African Heritage Parade Committee and its chief organizer, Ms. Ada Pugh.

I’ll explain why. Throughout the years I have been quite critical of the parade. I would often offer scaving objections to the planning, preparation, and even down to the marching itself. I have a tendency to be tough. I won’t ...

Pou Bill to Assist Saving for Higher Education Through Tax Deduction Advances

June 19, 2018

TRENTON - A bill sponsored by Senate Commerce Committee Chairwoman Nellie Pou that would assist parents saving for their children's college tuition through a gross income tax deduction passed the Senate Higher Education Committee today.

"This bill will give parents another incentive to save for their children's higher education," said Senator Pou (D-Passaic/Bergen) ...

Pascrell, Nadler, Congressional Colleagues Make Surprise Visit to ICE Detention Center to See Separated Families, Jail Conditions

ELIZABETH, NJ – This morning, U.S. Representative Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ-09), and Reps. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY-10), Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY-08), Frank Pallone (D-NJ-06), Carolyn Maloney (D-NY-12), Adriano Espaillat (D-NY-13), and Albio Sires (D-NJ-08) arrived at the ICE Detention Center in Elizabeth, New Jersey on Father’s Day morning and demanded to see the parents of families ...

Sports Betting Is Off And Running in New Jersey

June 15, 2018

OCEANPORT, NJ — Governor Phil Murphy officially ushered in sports betting in New Jersey when he made the initial wager at Monmouth Park  on June 14.

Governor Murphy, an avid soccer fan who has called ESPN’s “Sportscenter” his favorite show, placed the first bet  — $20 on Germany to win the World Cup. He also bet $20 on the N.J. Devils to ...

Senator Pou’s Statement on Hurricane Maria Evacuee Session

June 9, 2018

PATERSON, NJ- Senator Nellie Pou (D-Paterson) released the following statement regarding the Hurricane Maria Evacuee session to be held on Monday, June 11, in Paterson:


I am happy that we are able to bring these types of informational sessions to the residents of Paterson and surrounding areas to ensure that Hurricane Maria evacuees are made aware of the programs available to them ...