Paterson makes big drug bust seizing more than $100,000 in drug money | Paterson Times

Paterson makes big drug bust seizing more than $100,000 in drug money


The city’s police working hand in hand with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) conducted three simultaneous raids in Paterson and Lodi on Tuesday afternoon seizing large quantities of drugs and more than $100,000 in suspected drug money.

Police seized 3 bags of crack cocaine, 11 bags or 2.2 pounds of cocaine, 1 bag or 1.2 pounds of heroin, and 4 bags and 2 jars of marijuana, and 12 Percocet pills, authorities said. Two guns, Taurus Millennium PT 140 PRO 40 cal. and a Smith & Wesson 9MM, and 82 hollow point bullets were confiscated.

Gabriel Mercado, 37, of Lodi, and Sammy Cuevas, 40, of Paterson were apprehended in the raids. Authorities raided 163 Beech Street and 957 East 27th Street in Paterson. And 12 Oration Place in Lodi at around 4:30 p.m.

Police also searched two vehicles at the same time, authorities said. Police said both vehicles had hidden compartment to conceal weapons and drugs. Both are in the process of being seized. Authorities confiscated drug paraphernalia and charged both men with large number of drug and weapons charges.

More than $100,000 in suspected drug money was seized, authorities said.

Authorities began investigating the large-scale drug operation in September.

“The tireless efforts to rid our city of drugs has led to the successful closure of a major drug distribution operation,” police director Jerry Speziale said.

  • MarquinhoGaucho

    2nd time Gabriel Mercado arrested? I remember because he has the same name as the soccer player

    • Jimmy
      • MarquinhoGaucho

        if it is dumb move, you are already on the cop's radar, stay our of the game

        • Dingo jones

          This game has no Time outs

          • MarquinhoGaucho

            True. unfortunately once you got that record your future employment choices are very limited. Either A) work for an unlivable wage or (B) Go back to the game

    • Virginia Red Beery

      Mind that business if u don’t know what’s going on yah only going by what yah read

      • MarquinhoGaucho

        Mind your grammar and spelling.

        • Virginia Red Beery

          I write how I want to like I said mind that business fuck is u the grammar police

          • MarquinhoGaucho

            yes I am.

  • Megan Adamson

    In all honesty this is a very small bust people dont understand that the drugs they took was a couple days worth of supplys the city is flooded with heroin and coke this is a tiny blip on the radar

    • MarquinhoGaucho

      yeah but 1.2 pounds of heroin is enough to kill hundreds of people..and the crack makes people commit unspeakable crimes

  • Denise Brooks

    Paterson police is the best I don't know why people thing that they can get over on ppd PLEASE

  • Virginia Red Beery

    Free my fucking cousin and fuck12