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325 Arrested in North Jersey Heroin Task Force Sweep, Prosecutor Says

The eight-week initiative in Bergen, Passaic, Morris, and Sussex counties targeted alleged sellers and users of the 'most potent' heroin in the US, prosecutor said.

Three hundred twenty five locals were arrested in an undercover drug sweep that targeted drug sales in Paterson between April 7 and May 30, Bergen County Prosecutor John Molinelli announced at a press conference Tuesday afternoon.

Molinelli joined Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp and Passaic County Prosecutor Camelia M. Valdes to announce the arrest results of the “2014 Heroin Initiative.”

The eight-week task force combined law enforcement officers from Bergen, Passaic, Sussex, and Morris Counties to “combat the heroin epidemic affecting our counties,” Knapp said in a release. According to the release, the heroin sold in Paterson is the “most pure and potent” in the US.

Of the 325 people arrested, the prosecutor said more than 280 were users and 40 were dealers.

Cops seized about 1,200 grams of raw heroin during the operation, which is about 60,000 bags on the street, and an additional 12,000 bags from users, Knapp said.

The seized heroin was worth about $350,000, authorities said.

Cops also seized 30 guns and over $25,000 cash, Knapp said.

To see a full list, click here: http://www.bcpo.net/bcpo/blog/docs/2014_Heroin_Initiative_Press_Final.pdf

Chuck Ruff June 08, 2014 at 02:26 PM
Irreverent??? I think you mean irrelevant Bill. Anyway, have you ever been to an AA meeting? If not, you should go as an educational experience. You will find that most alcoholics started out as social drinkers just as everyone else. A drink after work to unwind, a few cold ones with the gang at the bar, etc. It then developed into an addiction. In the end, these people had no greater issue or stress factors than anyone else. The belief that addiction is caused by specific factors is incorrect. Any social drinker who thinks he is not at risk of becoming an alcoholic is living in a dream world. Drugs are no different. In fact, alcohol is a drug, just like pot, coke or heroin. The only difference is we don’t treat alcohol addiction by throwing the addict in jail. It wouldn’t… just as it is not working with drugs.
Paul June 08, 2014 at 08:07 PM
Bill Waple is not a smart man.
William June 09, 2014 at 07:12 AM
Paul I do not see any comments from you so I do not stand in judgment on you. As for you opinion not a smart man, Not as smart as who. A recovered Addict a user, So called self appointed experts, Probably Not, My exposure to the subject spans years of observations in corporation and union run programs, I worked along side of many addicted watched as some recovered some returned to abuse, some DIED. Lost their jobs after many chances to recover, The pay and benefits were the best in the industry, The support programs were vast. With paid sick leave and treatment, They were admitted to one of the best Clinics in NJ. fully PAID. And yes I was involved with them. And no I was never addicted to alcohol or DRUGS that I never tried after a experience with pain killers from many surgery's, May not be as smart as you but not as Dumb, This whole subject has gone no where as the answers to the problems, The so called war on drugs and off subject GUNS will continue as most society are not directly effected, as they think. You and chuck can solve the problem and Good Luck. I tried,
John Strother June 10, 2014 at 05:07 PM
sure sounds like a pitiful amount of anything for the amount of dealers they arrested. So little money so little amount of heroin and a whole bunch of users.
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