PATERSON, NJ - Two men are in Passaic County Jail after members of the Passaic County Sheriff’s Office’s Bureau of Narcotics arrested them following an alleged hand-to-hand narcotics sale.

According to Sheriff Richard H Berdnik, detectives were in the area of Main Street and Bloomfield Avenue when the observed the transaction and then followed one of the individuals to the parking lot of Main Suds Laundromat.

The suspect then got into the rear passenger seat of a waiting vehicle. Detectives conducted a motor vehicle stop during which they reported seeing several glassine envelopes of suspected heroin on top of the center console between two males sitting in the front seat.

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After removing the driver, identified as Lenny Gomez, and the front seat passenger, identified as Matthew Malave, and placing them under arrest, detectives conducted an additional search that revealed a hidden compartment inside the front passenger seat containing $6,710.00 suspected to be the proceeds of illegal narcotics sales, 20 Oxycodone pills, 26 grams of suspected raw heroin, 304 glassines of suspected heroin and a handgun magazine with seven rounds of .45 caliber ball point ammunition.

Malave was said to be in possession of $1413.

The estimated value of the narcotics is $4,400.

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