Paterson drug raid yields four arrests, two guns | Paterson Times

Paterson drug raid yields four arrests, two guns


Four people were arrested and two guns were seized in a 12th Avenue drug raid on Friday evening, according to police.

Police arrested city residents Rodney Smith, 54, of 12th Avenue; Desmond Duncan, 43, of East 24th Street; Anton McCalla, 33, of East 34th Street, according to police.

Robert Hamrick, 24, of Hartford, Conn. was also arrested during the raid at 317 12th Avenue at about 7 p.m. yesterday, said police.

Smith, who resides on the third floor of the three story building, was charged with having in possession 90 baggies of crack-cocaine, 5.5 grams of crack-cocaine, 23 baggies of marijuana, 1 knotted bag of marijuana, and a loaded 20 gauge double barrel sawed off shotgun, said police director Jerry Speziale.

Duncan and McCalla were also charged with drugs and weapons charges. Smith, Duncan, and McCalla were also charged with having drug paraphernalia.

Hamrick was charged with having a defaced loaded .380 caliber semi-automatic handgun without a permit.

All four have been charged with a certain persons not to have a firearm, according to police.

Speziale said police are changing strategies to target locations responsible for unloading drugs and guns on to city streets.

“As we approach the warm weather the department has stepped up its efforts to make our city safer,” said the director.