Detectives arrested two men and seized 6,850 glassine envelopes of heroin in a drug investigation on East 22nd Street, according to Passaic County Sheriff Richard Berdnik.
Alan Valdez, 21, and Jose R. Torres, 62, both of Paterson, were allegedly caught conducting a drug transaction on Monday afternoon.
Detectives observed Valdez exit a silver Hyundai and walk into the driveway of 775 East 22nd Street. Near the rear of the house Valdez met Torres. Following a brief conversation, Torres allegedly handed Valdez several bricks of heroin, authorities said.
Valdez returned to the vehicle and the car departed the area. Detectives pulled over the vehicle on East 23rd Street and 18th Avenue. Valdez got out of the vehicle and began to run away from detectives, authorities said.
Valdez discarded 280 glassines of heroin behind 829 East 23rd Street during a foot pursuit, authorities said. He put up a struggle with detectives. One detective suffered a broken finger while making the arrest, Berdnik said.
Detectives returned to 775 East 22nd Street and arrested Torres. A search led to 20 glassines of heroin on him and an additional 6,550 glassine envelopes of heroin within his reach, authorities said.
Authorities charged Valdez with drug offenses and resisting arrest. He had an outstanding warrant out of Sussex County. He was turned over to authorities in Sussex County. Torres was charged with drug offenses and is being held at the Passaic County Jail.
Berdnik said detectives conducted the investigation after receiving a tip from a concerned citizen.