A quality of life sweep in Paterson resulted in the arrest of seven individuals this week, announced Richard Berdnik, the Passaic County Sheriff. Out of the seven arrested, only two were residents of the city, while the rest from other towns in New Jersey.
Leonard Bonter, 44, a resident of Montague, was arrested near Ward Street and Memorial Drive, while in possession of 20 heroin packets. Bonter was arrested on Monday.
On Tuesday, Samantha Hardy, 25, of Ridgefield Park, was arrested with 50 packets of heroin near East 33rd Street. Hardy had a previous criminal warrant out of Bergen County, and was turned over to authorities in the neighboring county.
Erik Adelhock, 34, of Ridgefield Park, was arrested near the same location as Hardy on Tuesday, with 50 packets of heroin in his possession.
On Thursday, Laquan Cooleman, 25, and James Lee, 20, both city residents, were arrested near Holsman Street and Haledon Avenue. “They were both charged with Possession of 30 packets of Heroin,” according to Berdnik.
On Friday, Robert J. Govelitz, 23, of Fords, was caught near Main and Grand Streets with six packets of heroin, according to Berdnik.
Detectives also arrested a child support evader out of Woodland Park. Scottie Petuniak, 41, had unpaid child support of more than $8,400.00 – he had a child support warrant out for his arrest.
Petuniak has been lodged in the county jail, while the rest of them were charged and released pending court appearance at the Paterson Municipal Court.