A Cliffside Park New Jersey man has been accused of distributing heroin out of his local apartment.
According to the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office, the 48-year-old suspect cut, packaged, and sold the heroin in Cliffside Park, NJ. The Cliffside Park Police Department and the Fairview Police Department started to investigate the suspect after getting a tip about drug activity in the area. The Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office Narcotics Task Force joined the investigation.
Police officers served a search warrant at the suspect’s apartment and reportedly found a large quantity of heroin at the home.
Shortly before police searched the apartment, they found the suspect walking in Fairview NJ and placed him under arrest. When police took the suspect into custody, he was reportedly in possession of 23 bags of heroin and oxycodone.
During the search of the suspect’s residence, police allegedly found 260 bags of heroin and a number of empty heroin glassine packets. Police also reportedly discovered drug paraphernalia, including a digital scale, rubber bands used for the packaging of drugs, and items reportedly used to package and cut heroin.
Authorities said that the drugs seized from the suspect’s apartment have an estimated street value of approximately $2,000.
The suspect is subject to multiple drug charges, including possession of heroin with intent to distribute, maintaining or operating a drug production facility, and possession of drug paraphernalia.
The suspect is likely to face severe criminal penalties. As set forth by N.J.S.A. 2C:35-5, distribution of just a trace amount of heroin is a third degree criminal offense that carries a sentence of 3-5 years in New Jersey State Prison.
After being arrested and charged, the suspect was taken to the Bergen County Jail in Hackensack, NJ. He is being held at the jail in lieu of $100,000 bail.
To learn more about this case, check out the NJ.com article entitled “Man Packaged, Distributed Heroin from Apartment, Bergen Prosecutor Says.”