PATERSON, NJ - The recent uptick in gun violence, including the shooting deaths of four Paterson men on Tuesday is not tolerable, and will be continued to be met by swift, as well as preventative measures, Mayor Andre Sayegh told TAPinto Paterson.

Included in these efforts, Paterson Public Safety Director Jerry Speziale announced earlier this week, was a citywide “Special Operations Detail” that launched on Thursday, July 2, that ran through Sunday, July 5. The results, he said, achieved through 1,039 instances of police action, led to 18 arrests, the removal of seven guns off the streets, and the confiscation of a large quantity of narcotics.

More minor infractions, those seen as disruptions to quality of life, including loud music, public drinking, and the detonation of fireworks, led to the issuance of 527 violations and retrieval of 102 boxes of commercial grade fireworks.

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Included in the weapons retrieved were six semi-automatic handguns, and one rifle, along with a total of 137 rounds of ammunition.

An accounting of the drugs confiscated during the four-day operation included 3,246 glassines of suspected heroin, 250 xanax tablets, 131 grams of suspected cocaine, 108 vials and 109 grams of suspected crack cocaine, and one-and-half pounds of marijuana. A total of nearly $21,000 in cash was also recovered along with various amounts of oxycodone, percocet, ambien tablets, and more. 


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