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2014 Heroin Initiative

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Bergen County Prosecutor John L. Molinelli announced the results of an 8-week initiative that focused on combating the growing heroin problem affecting northern New Jersey. As a result of the initiative, approximately 325 individuals were arrested and 11,794 bags of street-packaged and 1200 grams of Raw Heroin, thirty-two (32) guns, and approximately $25,000 in U.S. currency was seized. This investigation was the result of a multi-jurisdictional narcotics task force consisting of local and county law enforcement agencies from Bergen, Passaic, Morris, and Sussex Counties.

Beginning last month, officers from the multi-jurisdictional drug task force targeted the “open air” heroin markets in Paterson, New Jersey. During the course of the operation, officers arrested approximately 280 heroin users. In addition to identifying the dealers of those arrested, task force officers presented those arrested with rehabilitation options. In total, the task force identified and arrested over 40 heroin dealers and executed search warrants at several residences. During these arrests and search warrants, detectives seized thirty-two (32) guns, approximately $25,000 in U.S. currency, and approximately 1200 grams of raw, powder heroin. The raw heroin, when packaged for street sale, would yield approximately 60,000 bags of heroin. The total street value of the seized heroin is well over $350,000.00.  Task force officers also dismantled 2 heroin “mills” where heroin was being packaged and stamped for sale on the streets of Paterson.

This initiative represents the continued commitment of the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office to partner with other law enforcement agencies to proactively combat the current heroin epidemic facing our communities in a holistic manner that includes a combination of enforcement, rehabilitation, and education.

Prosecutor Molinelli states that the charges are merely accusations and that the defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt and would like to thank the following law enforcement agencies for their invaluable assistance in support of this joint initiative:             

The following agencies participated in the 2014 Heroin Initiative:

Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office

Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office

Morris County Prosecutor’s Office

Paterson Police Department

Bergen County Sheriff’s Office

Mahwah Police Department

Ridgewood Police Department

Butler Police Department

Fair Lawn Police Department

Fort Lee Police Department

Westwood Police Department

Hasbrouck Heights Police Department

Moonachie Police Department

Hawthorne Police Department

Woodcliff Lake Police Department

Wanaque Police Department

Montville Police Department

Ringwood Police Department

Wayne Police Department

Woodland Park Police Department

Montvale Police Department

West Milford Police Department

Upper Saddle River Police Department

South Hackensack Police Department

Teaneck Police Department

Waldwick Police Department

Ramsey Police Department

Allendale Police Department

Roxbury Police Department

Mount Olive Police Department

Vernon Police Department

Totowa Police Department

Tenafly Police Department

Dumont Police Department

Riverdale Police Department

Boonton Police Department

Lyndhurst Police Department

Lincoln Park Police Department

New Milford Police Department

Bloomingdale Police Department

Saddle Brook Police Department

Kinnelon Police Department

Hackensack Police Department

Morris County Park Police Department

Haworth Police Department

 

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