Usually, if somebody makes a move to escape lock up, they try to keep a low profile so that they stay off of law enforcement’s radar. This is because escaping will only mean more time on top of their current sentence. Kelvin Wells, a 26-year-old man from New Jersey was able to do so for a year, but was busted for 2,258 bags of heroin and other drugs in Paterson.
Wells escaped from a halfway house last year without completing his sentence. He is a drug dealer who was serving two years on drug charges that occurred in 2010, 2011 and 2013 in Passaic, Bergen and Mercer counties.
Paterson police set up surveillance at the corner of 11th Avenue and East 35th Street after being made aware of drug dealers meeting out-of-town customers on side streets in the area. Wells’s car was stopped outside of that area and he was charged for having “six glassine packets” of heroin on his person.
Wells fled and was part of a dramatic chase before he was apprehended in the backyard of a Paterson home. Police ran a search of the home where Wells had been prior to the chase and found the thousands of bags of heroin as well as 45 MDMA, or “Molly,” capsules.
According to police, Wells caught eight more drug charges as well as a charge of resisting arrest. Paterson Police Director Jerry Speziale said of the incident, “Community collaboration is paramount in our efforts to combat the illegal sale of heroin. Based on the amount of Heroin, this is a significant source of illegal distribution in the area. I commend the community for their information and detectives’ hard work and tireless efforts.”