38-year-old Gilberto Lopez Rodriguez was making $2,500 a week in cash profit from dealing drugs out of his Rosa Parks Boulevard apartment until a three-week long investigation culminated in his arrest on Thursday afternoon, according to Passaic County Sheriff Richard Berdnik.
Authorities recovered 337 glassine envelopes of heroin and $10,766 in cash from Rodriguez, Berdnik said. Rodriguez was charged with four counts of third-degree drug possession, three counts of possession with intent to distribute, and three counts of intent to deal 1,000 feet of a school, authorities said.
Rodriguez was also charged with second-degree two count of intent to distribute drugs 500 feet of a park and conspiracy to distribute drugs, authorities said.
Detectives watched Rodriguez as he utilized his apartment and a 1998 Mitsubishi Montero to sell drugs on Rosa Parks Boulevard and Fair Street area. At around 1 p.m. Thursday, detectives observed him exchanging 47 glassine envelopes of heroin to Devon Jones, 37, of Lodi.
Jones was followed out of the area and his car was stopped. Drugs were recovered and Jones was arrested and charged with drug possession.
Rodriguez got into his car and left the area. Detectives stopped his car and recovered 251 glassine envelopes of heroin and $2,187.
Detectives searched his home, 288 Rosa Parks Boulevard apartment number 14. Detectives found a medium size safe. K9 Justus indicated the safe had drugs inside. 49 packets of heroin, 6 baggies of cocaine, and $8,579 cash was found, authorities said.
Rodriguez sold between 50 to 100 bricks of heroin a week, authorities said. He made $25 profit on every brick he unloaded on Paterson’s streets.
Rodriguez authorities believe took home $2,500 in cash profit every week or $130,000 annually from drug sales.
Rodriguez’s car is pending forfeiture. Rodriguez was transported to city police lockup awaiting bail, Berdnik said.