PATERSON, NJ - A Paterson Police Officer and his four-legged partner are being credited with the recovery of 683 glassines of heroin, 97 vials of crack, and three handguns in five separate incidents over the past weeks.

According to Paterson Public Safety Director Jerry Speziale, who said that the officer and K-9 are  “invaluable partners,” the first find came on June 18 when Officer Vidal and K9 Simpson conducted a property check in the vicinity of Carroll Street and Governor Street for the presence of illegal narcotic odors. Just before 8:00 a.m. Simpson produced a positive alert for narcotics inside a grill in a year yard on the 100 block of Governor Street. A search of the grill yielded 119 glassine envelopes of suspected heroin inside a small black plastic bag along with a black and a small, loaded, silver handgun.  

Just hours later, at approximately 12:51 p.m. Simpson was again deployed to the same area where he aided in the finding of 313 glassine envelopes of suspected heroin and (72) vials of crack cocaine inside a small black plastic bag behind a wheelchair leaning against the fence in a rear yard on 100 block of Governor Street.

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On June 26 Officer Vidal and K9 Simpson were again conducting a property check at approximately 12:39 p.m., this time in the area of 17th Avenue and E.28th Street, when K9 Simpson produced a positive alert for the presence of illegal narcotic odors inside a tree branch in the front yard of the 600 block of E. 28th Street. A subsequent search of the area yielded 10 glassine envelopes of suspected heroin and 25 vials of crack cocaine inside a shaving cream can. 

The final find came on Sunday morning when, conducting a property check again in the area of Governor Street and Carroll Street, K9 Simpson alerted Vidal to the presence of 241 glassine envelopes of suspected heroin inside a black plastic bag underneath the vinyl siding in the rear of a location in the 100 block of Carroll Street. A few minutes later Simpson’s efforts led to the recovery of a loaded 9mm Luger handgun behind an air conditioner in the rear of a property in the 100 block of Governor Street.

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