PATERSON, NJ - The “ongoing commitment by members of the Paterson Police Department to crack down on drugs, guns and violent crime in our community” led to the arrest of a 47-year-old Paterson man on Wednesday, Paterson Public Safety Director Jerry Speziale announced.

According to Speziale, Fernando Irby was arrested when detectives assigned to a special violent crime suppression details were in the area of 21 Rosa Parks Boulevard at approximately 11:10 p.m. At that time, Speziale reported, detectives observed what they believed to be a narcotics transaction. Exiting their cars to investigate further, one of the detectives is said to have observed Irby with a handgun partially protruding from his pants pocket.

After alerting the other officers of the presence of the firearm they immediately attempted to detain the suspect and took him into custody after a brief struggle.

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In addition to .380 caliber semi-automatic handgun, police also recovered:

  •  10 Baggies suspected powder cocaine
  • 42 Baggies suspected crack cocaine
  • 61 Ecstasy Tablets
  • 133 Xanax Tablets
  • 90 Oxycodone Tablets
  • 22 Suboxone Strips

 The firearm will be submitted to the New Jersey State Police Ballistics Lab for further examination.

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