PATERSON, NJ - Three Paterson police officers, as well a K9 marked the first day of the new year by taking a gun and a variety of illegal drugs off of Paterson’s streets.
According to a statement by Public Safety Director Jerry Speziale, Officers Iandoli and Dichio were on patrol in the area of 10th Avenue and East 26th Street at approximately 6:00 p.m. when they observed three black males standing on the corner of East 26th Street.
Driving towards the corner, the statement continued, one of the men, later identified as Lamound Walker, 46, was observed looking in a clear plastic bag, which contained numerous smaller plastic bags, as well as what was recognized as a fully wrapped white brick of suspected heroin.
Observing the police vehicle, Walker is said to have grabbed his pocket, which he had previously placed the medium-sized clear plastic sandwich bag in to, and began to walk towards East 25th Street “at a fast pace while he continuously looked back towards the officers.”
Despite being directed to stop by the officers, now on foot, Walker continued to flee. Walker is said to have turned left into the driveway of 473 East 25th Street, turning into the rear yard, hiding behind an old refrigerator.
After a brief struggle with Walker, officers gained control of Walker’s hand and placed him into custody without further incident. A search resulted in the recovery of a medium-sized clear plastic baggie containing an assortment of narcotics from Walkers front right pants pocket and 5 clear plastic baggies containing a greenish brown vegetation of suspected marijuana from his right jacket pocket.
Upon a further search of Walker, the officers recovered a fanny pack wrapped around his waist which was unzipped, open and empty.
Concerned that Walker may have discarded additional contraband Officer Klein joined the investigation, along with his K9 partner Monty, trained for patrol/ weapons detection. Monty, alerted his officer partner to the refrigerator, leading to the discovery of a loaded semi-automatic handgun.
Also recovered were 18 oxycodone pills, 34 bags of suspected crack cocaine, one brick of suspected heroin, 30 glassines of suspected heroine, and five baggies of suspected marijuana.
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