City police arrested five alleged drug dealers and buyers on Tuesday after acting on information provided by the community, according to police director Jerry Speziale.
An assortment of drugs that included marijuana, Xanax pills, and heroin was recovered from the suspected buyers and dealers as well as two handguns during an operation at 665 East 24th Street.
Among the alleged buyers police arrested city resident Tahmir L. Rice, 20, and Anthony Rivera, 20, of Wayne, said the director.
Police also arrested John A. DeLeon, 19; Alan A. Valdez, 19; and Ramon A. Gomez, 20.
- DeLeon was charged with possession and distribution of drugs. He was found in possession of 15 baggies of marijuana.
- Valdez was also charged with possession, distribution, and weapon offenses. He was found with 280 glassines of heroin, 15 baggies of marijuana, and a Titan .25 caliber handgun. $295 in cash was confiscated from Valdez.
- Gomez was found in possession of 30 prescription Xanax pills, 15 plastic baggies of marijuana, 280 glassines of heroin, and BRYCO Model #48 .380cal semi-automatic handgun. He has been charged with drug possession, distribution, and weapon offenses. $502 in suspected drug proceeds was recovered from Gomez.
The three alleged dealers have been charged with selling to both Rice and Rivera. DeLeon, Valdez, and Gomez were also charged with intent to distribute in a school zone near School 13.
“Clearly the teamwork between the community, our community policing efforts and enforcement has removed a dangerous weapon and drugs from our streets,” said Speziale. “Community collaboration is proven to be paramount to our success.”