PATERSON, NJ - Reports of possible drug dealing outside of a business at 465 Getty Avenue led to an investigation and operation Wednesday resulting in nine arrests, as well as the confiscation of 17 pounds of marijuana and $123,000 in cash.

Paterson Public Safety Director Jerry Speziale announced the arrests on Thursday saying that a “major drug distribution network” was shut down.

According to Speziale the first floor of 411 Sussex Street was used as a storage facility and also raided.

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“Our police department made a big dent in the drug trade last night,” Mayor Andre Sayegh said. “I am proud of their relentless pursuit of illegal narcotics.”

Arrested were:

Maen Hussein, 30, Paterson

Patryk Kot, 20, Clifton

Mutaz Hussein, 33, Paterson

Issam Herzallah, 33, Woodland Park

Mohammad Alsaraki, 33, Woodland Park

Martin Saloury, 27, Ridgewood

Diego Amoroso, 27, Elmwood Park

Ahmad Ammar, 20, Paterson

A 17-year-old juvenile was also arrested.