EDISON, NJ-  Acting on an anonymous tip about potential illicit drug sales, Special Operations Group detectives set up a surveillance that yielded an arrest of three men, including one wearing a bulletproof vest, 120 decks of heroin, a sawed off shotgun and $550 in cash.

With the help of uniformed police officers, the arrests of Alex Green, 44 of Jersey City; Terence L. Chatman, 46, of Orlando, Fl., and Rasheed Abdulla, 24, of Colonia, occurred near the Robert Holmes Gardens on Tuesday after the three men allegedly made drug deals on Beaver Avenue.

“These arrests took several armed, potentially-dangerous suspects off our streets and they emphasize how valuable it is when watchful residents alert our department to criminal activity in their neighborhoods,” Police Chief Thomas Bryan said. “Community vigilance works hand-in-hand with good police work.” 

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Green was charged with possession and distribution of heroin, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a firearm and distribution within 500 feet of a public housing facility. He is being held on $100,000 bail at the  Middlesex County Adult Corrections Center in North Brunswick.

Chatman is being held on $50,000 at the county jail, charged with possession of a shotgun and controlled dangerous substances; unlawful use of body-armor, and unlawful possession of a firearm. Chatman also wanted on outstanding arrest warrants from Somerset County, Newark, Hillsborough and Roselle.

Abdulla is being held on $5,000 bail, charged with possession and distribution of heroin, possession of a firearm, and public loitering to obtain controlled dangerous substances in a public place.