A city man was arrested Tuesday afternoon on drug charges on Matlock Street after a resident informed authorities drug activity was taking place at the location, according to the Passaic County Sheriff’s Office.
Tayquan Wright, 18-year-old, was arrested at around 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday near Matlock Street and North West Street, following an alleged drug transaction that was witnessed by sheriff’s officers, according to Passaic County Sheriff Richard Berdnik.
Wright was observed exchanging drug for money with an unknown individual inside a vehicle, authorities said. Detectives were unable to catch up with the vehicle so they returned to the area for Wright.
Wright immediately fled on foot discarding glassine packets of heroin. Berdnik said after a brief struggle detectives brought Wright in custody. Detectives also located the materials discarded by Wright, they found three bricks of heroin totaling 149 glassine packets, Berdnik said.
Street value of the drugs is estimated $600, the sheriff said.
Authorities charged Wright with several drug charges including distributing heroin 1,000 feet of School 28 along with obstruction of justice, and resisting arrest. Berdnik said Wright was transported to Paterson Police booking pending arraignment.
Bail has not been set for Wright.