Law enforcement in Paterson is dead ass about squelching the heroin epidemic happening nationally, in their jurisdiction. Just last month, Paterson police seized $5 million worth of heroin and cocaine during a raid. The laws followed that up on Wednesday with another dope bust, valued at $2 million.
The drug bust resulted in nine pounds of heroin (roughly four kilos). The heroin was more than likely headed somewhere to be packaged into 150,000 doses. NJ.com describes:
Gabriel Mercado, 35, of Paterson, was driving an Acura MDX with a hidden storage compartment where the drugs were secreted, Nichols said. He was stopped at about 5 p.m. in area near the triangle intersection of 21st Avenue, 31st Street and Market Street after detectives with the narcotics division responded to a tip and conducted surveillance…
The drugs were found hidden a secret compartment in a vehicle, known as a “trap,” after a drug-sniffing police dog, “Barry,” and his handler Officer James DiPiazza got a hit on the vehicle, police said.
Mercado, the weight transporter, was slapped with the charges of “first-degree possession (due to the amount of heroin), possession with intent to distribute and possession with intent to distribute within 1,000 feet of a school.”
The police are keeping their lips sealed on what organization Mercado works for, but believe this bust to be a major hit to its operations. “This is something that totally disrupts an organization,” said Deputy Chief Danny Nichols. “Somebody spent a lot of money to import this into this country. So all the planning, all the money that was spent to import it illegally into this country cost somebody a lot of money. They count on that money coming back to them.”