PATERSON, NJ - While the Sayegh Administration is working to slow the spread of COVID-19 in Paterson, members of the Paterson Police Department are continuing their efforts to get illegal drugs off city streets.

On Monday the two converged when Officer J. Maldanado reported observing two men conduct a hand-to-hand exchange trading US currency for a green plastic vial between them.

As the officer exchanged the men in the area of Godwin Avenue and Auburn Street at approximately 10:30 p.m. the two began to walk away. One of the men, identified as Tyrone Redd, 53, Paterson, began to flee on foot dropping a green vial of suspected crack cocaine and one baggie containing suspected heroin stamped “Corona Virus."

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After recovering the drugs, Maldanado began chasing the suspects towards Straight Street while calling for backup units over the radio. At this point Redd ran into a yard and hid in a thin alleyway on the officer. Despite refusing orders to come out the suspect was taken into custody by Sgt. W. Niebank

A search of the Redd led to the additional discovery of 11 vials of crack and two additional baggies of “corona virus” heroin. Redd was arrested and transported to headquarters for processing where he was charged with several crimes related to the possession of, and intent to distribute, the illegal drugs.

The second suspect was not apprehended.

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