Paramus NJ police recently arrested a man accused of distributing cocaine out of his residence.
Authorities started their investigation of the 40-year-old suspect after receiving a tip about illegal drug activity in the North Bergen area.
Once police gathered enough information about the defendant’s alleged activity, they arrested him.
A short time after placing the suspect under arrest, law enforcement executed search warrants on the suspect’s vehicle and residence. The suspect’s home is located on 83rd Street in North Bergen. NJ.
Police allegedly seized a total of 2.5 kilograms of cocaine at the suspect’s residence. Beyond that, police allegedly discovered another 30 grams of cocaine in the suspect’s motor vehicle. According to Bergen County prosecutors, the seized drugs have a street value of more than $100,000.
Prosecutors also said that police found a small amount of marijuana, as well as drug paraphernalia, at the suspect’s house.
As a result of the seizures, authorities have charged the suspect with several drug offenses, including distribution of cocaine and marijuana possession.
If the suspect is ultimately convicted of cocaine distribution, he would be subject to significant criminal penalties. As set forth by N.J.S.A. 2C:35-5, anyone who is caught with 5 ounces or more of cocaine can face first degree felony charges. A conviction for first degree cocaine distribution could lead to a sentence of 10-20 years in NJ State Prison.
After being arrested and charged, the suspect was taken to the Bergen County Jail in Hackensack, New Jersey. He was being held at the jail on a $75,000 bail amount.
For additional information about this case, check out the NJ.com article entitled “Alleged North Bergen Drug Dealer Arrested in Paramus, Prosecutor Says.”