Police in Paramus New Jersey busted a man allegedly tried to sell heroin to an undercover officer.
According to authorities, the suspect was nabbed during a sting operation conducted by the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office Narcotics Task Force. The law enforcement agency set up the operation after receiving word that the suspect was committing drug crimes in the Paramus area.
An undercover detective talked to the suspect and arranged to buy heroin at a location in Paramus. According to police, the suspect attempted to sell 160 grams of heroin to the undercover cop.
The suspect was arrested at the scene and charged with possession of heroin with intent to distribute. Shortly after placing the suspect in handcuffs, Bergen County police officers reportedly seized 160 grams of heroin in the suspect’s motor vehicle. Officials said that the heroin seized by police has a re-sale value of approximately $15,000.
The suspect is a 28-year-old New York man. If he is convicted of the drug crime, he could face significant criminal penalties. As set forth by N.J.S.A. 2C:35-5, possession of more than five ounces of heroin with intent to sell the illegal drugs is considered a first degree crime. A conviction for first degree heroin distribution could lead to a sentence of 10-20 years in New Jersey State Prison.
The suspect will be required to make an appearance in Bergen County Superior Court in Hackensack NJ next month in order to address the criminal charges against him.
After being placed under arrest and processed, the suspect was ordered held at the Bergen County Jail in lieu of $50K bail.
For additional information about this case, read the NJ.com article, “New York Man Allegedly Sells Heroin to Undercover Detective.”