Englewood New Jersey police arrested four individuals who were allegedly dealing pot out of a local restaurant.
The four suspects are workers at Crown Chicken and Fish Restaurant, a takeout restaurant located on West Englewood Avenue in Englewood, NJ.
Local authorities received several complaints about employees at the restaurant dealing illicit drugs, as well as trading in stolen property and selling cigarettes to underage persons.
Englewood NJ health officials investigated the allegations and conducted an undercover sting operation at the eatery. A 16-year-old bought cigarettes and reportedly noticed that one of the cigarette packs was stamped from Virginia, not New Jersey.
Englewood law enforcement and New Jersey Treasury Department officials later conducted simultaneous raids on the store and a nearby apartment where the suspects reportedly lived. During the raids, police allegedly discovered 100 bags of marijuana, several crack cocaine pipes, and numerous drug paraphernalia items. Police also reportedly found weapons, including brass knuckles.
Police also reportedly seized in excess of $20,000 in cash, in addition to jewelry valued at roughly $10,000.
According to Englewood officials, the restaurant violating a number of health and safety codes. As a result, the business was shut down by authorities.
Two of the suspects were arrested at the restaurant; the other two suspects were located and placed under arrest at the apartment.
Since the four suspects are said to be illegal immigrants, local police contacted federal immigration authorities. After the criminal case has been resolved, the suspects may be subject to possible deportation.
To learn more about this case, see the NJ.com article entitled “Eatery Workers Arrested After Raid Nets Drugs, Untaxed Cigarettes, Police Say.”