Paterson police seized more than 7,000 bags of heroin, along with ecstasy, crack cocaine and marijuana, in a massive drug raid near a high school.
Among the huge haul from the massive drug raid at 217 Park Ave. Tuesday late hours just couple blocks from Eastside High School, Paterson police seized 7,600 glassines and 300 grams of heroin, more than 400 Ecstasy pills, 45 baggies and 80 grams of crack cocaine, six baggies with 200 grams of cocaine, and 45 baggies containing 750 grams of weed, NBC New York reported.
Despite selling drugs so close to the high school, the drug dealers were more often targeting people from outside of the town.
“People that might be living in the area, working in this neighborhood or even driving several miles to buy drugs,” said Paterson Deputy Police Chief Troy Oswald, who’s worked more than a decade fighting in narcotics.
“The nationwide opioid epidemic sees tons and tons of deadly heroin confiscated every year, along with arrests. In Passaic County has seen 122 overdose saves so far this year, 48 people have died from overdoses”, added Oswald.
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According to Paterson police, three men have been arrested in Tuesday night bust, Rafael Collazo, 43, of Paterson, is facing the serious charges in a drug raid. He is being accused of possessing nearly all the drugs, including the 7,600 bags of deadly heroin, with intent to distribute drugs within 1,000 feet of Eastside High School. He is also facing charges of maintaining a facility to manufacture the illegal narcotics and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Two other men, William Hodges, 36, of Paterson and Edward Infante, 38, of Brooklyn, were also arrested in the massive raid and charged with possession with intent to distribute marijuana. North Jersey reported
“This is a significant drug raid, which continues to dismantle and disrupt illegal narcotics sales and the gangs responsible for the distribution,” said Paterson Police Director Jerry Speziale. “They pick people off the street, and before you know it, they are back out,” added Speziale.