PATERSON, NJ - Four males were apprehended by members of the Paterson Police Department’s COVID-19 Enforcement Unit after they were allegedly observed transacting illegal narcotics.

One of the suspects, a juvenile, was armed at the time of the arrest. 

According to Public Safety Director Jerry Speziale, Detective Macolino and Detective Duffy, responded to the area of 220 Slater Street at approximately 2:14 p.m. in response to numerous complaints. 

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Upon arrival detectives witnessed a black Hyundai, occupied by a single male driver, later identified as Michael Lopez, 37, Cedar Grove, double-parked outside the location. Two men, one identified as Jose Acevedo, 22, Paterson, and the other as the juvenile, stood beside the car, while the fourth suspect, Javar White, 23, Paterson, stood nearby.

After observing what appeared to be a drug transaction Detectives Duffy and Macolino approached and detained both Lopez and Acevado, while also recovering 12 bricks and three bundles, a total of 630 glassines, of heroin from Acevado, without incident. 

Acevedo is also said to have been possession of 17 baggies of suspected crack cocaine.  

During this time the juvenile suspect broke away from the group and began to walk in another direction before Detective Giaquinto, now on scene to assist, stopped the juvenile who attempted to shield the right side of his body against a fence. A search of the juvenile turned up $25 in cash thought to be from the previous transaction, as well as five glassines of heroin. The juvenile was also found to be in possession of a loaded .32 caliber revolver. 

All adult suspects were arrested, transported without incident and charged with the appropriate drug and distribution offenses, while the juvenile was charged on a complaint of juvenile delinquency with drug offenses and weapons offenses. 

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