PATERSON, NJ- A Paterson Police Officer facing up to 40 years in prison was due in federal court on Friday following his arrest earlier in the day on charges related to the possession and distribution of illegal narcotics.
According to an announcement by U.S. Attorney Craig Carpentino, Ruben McAusland, 26, was arrested for allegedly dealing heroin, crack cocaine, powder cocaine, and marijuana, “on multiple occasions,” between October 2017 and April 2018.
The arrest comes just nine days after two Paterson police officers were arrested and charged with taking part in illegal activity in the course of their active duty. Those arrests led the Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office to announce that they would undertake a “thorough review” of any cases in which the accused officers, Jonathan Bustios, 28, and Eudy Ramos, 31, “signed complaints, handled evidence, testified in a judicial proceeding, or provided material information leading to arrest, complaint, or indictment.”
Friday’s complaint reads that in October 2017 McAusland allegedly sold an individual who was “cooperating with law enforcement” 35 grams of marijuana, 48 grams of heroin, 31 grams of cocaine, and 31 grams of crack cocaine for $50. In addition, he sold a pound of marijuana to the individual on two separate occasions between November 2017 and January 2018, charging $2,500 for the first sale and $2,400 for the second.
Additionally, it is alleged that McAusland offered to sell the individual one kilogram of cocaine in February, and on multiple occasions between February and April allegedly sold the individual pills that were made to resemble Percocet doses but were actually made of heroin. McAusland sold the pills to the individual for approximately $7 per pill.
McAusland reportedly also met this individual on one occasion while in his police vehicle at a supermarket parking lot near the Paterson Police Department headquarters, handing him approximately four sample heroin pills, and, is believed to have sold the individual 1,010 pills for $7,000 on April 1.
According to city records McAusland was hired in 2014 and has a base salary of $52,000.
In his statement Carpenito credited special agents of the FBI for leading the the investigation that led to the arrest, and thanked the Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office as well as the Paterson Police Department for their assistance.
Paterson Police Chief Troy Oswald told TAPinto Paterson following the arrest that the investigation into McAusland was brought forward to the Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office and the FBI by the Paterson Police Department and came from their continued efforts to “police our own.” The arrest, he continued, was an example of getting “one bad apple out of a bunch.”
“The alleged actions of one individual do not reflect the work of the Paterson Police Department to make our community stronger,” Oswald stated. “The large majority of our police officers are hardworking and honest.