PATERSON, NJ- Action by the Passaic County Sheriff’s Office in response to several citizen complaints of drug activity in the area of 30th Street and 11th Avenue led to arrest of a Paterson man carrying $12,000 worth of drugs on Tuesday.

According to a statement by Sheriff Richard H. Berdnick, members of the Bureau of Narcotics in undercover observed Jeffrey Suarez, 30, stop and idle outside 139 East 30th St in a white GMC SUV for several minutes. He then exited the vehicle and removed a vacuum-sealed package containing what appeared to be a “significant amount” of marijuana from a laundry bag in his trunk. After inspecting the package, he placed it back in the laundry bag and began walking up the driveway. 

Suarez was arrested in the driveway with the laundry bag, which was later identified as also containing significant amounts of Heroin, Cocaine, and Crack-Cocaine, as well as a loaded gun, hollowed-point bullets, and “several items of drug paraphernalia.” $1128 in suspected drug proceeds was also recovered.

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Following the arrest, Suarez was charged with seven different offenses including Possession of a Controlled Dangerous Substance, Possession with Intent to Distribute, and Unlawful Possession of a Handgun.

Another drug-related arrest was also made by the Passaic County Sheriff’s Office (PCSO) on Tuesday when PSCO Officer Donald Reddin smelled “a strong odor of raw marijuana” after he stopped a Black Lexus for having tinted windows at the intersection of McBride Ave and Glover St. in Woodland Park. 

The driver, Skyler Lopez, eventually admitted to having over seven ounces of marijuana in a backpack on the passenger seat. He was arrested and charged with Possession and Intent to Distribute, as well as Intent to Distribute within 1,000 feet of a school.