Five people charged in Broadway drugs, weapons bust | Paterson Times

Five people charged in Broadway drugs, weapons bust


City police conducted a drug raid at an apartment building on 324 Broadway on Saturday morning after citizens complained narcotics were being distributed in the area by individuals residing in apartment 401.

The raid resulted in the arrest of three city residents: William B. Johnson, 27; Charles L. Smith, 33; Alshe Moore, 31, said police director Jerry Speziale. Police are also looking for two others who reside in apartment 401: Floyd D. Henry, 29, and Jamie Brown, 25.

Johnson had in his possession 10 grams of marijuana, the director said. He has been charged with drug possession, intent to distribute, and intent to distribute in a school zone. Smith had 21 grams of heroin (a second degree offense). He has been charged with intent to distribute, intent to distribute in a school zone, and for possession of drug paraphernalia, glassines, stamps, and baggies, said Speziale.

Police also confiscated $1,200 in drug proceeds from Smith.

Moore was found in possession of 32 grams of marijuana, a loaded Glock .45 caliber semi-automatic handgun with a permit. Moore is charged with handgun possession while dealing drugs and certain person not to have a handgun (convicted felon).

Moore is also charged with intent to distribute, to distribute in a school zone, possession of drug paraphernalia, and resisting arrest.

Police confiscated $4,486 from Moore.

Two other people who reside in the apartment building have been charged with drug offenses. Henry and Brown have warrants issued under their names. Both were not found at the location when police raided the apartment at about 11:10 a.m. on Saturday.

Anyone with information about Henry and Brown’s whereabouts may contact city police.

“We will continue our tremendous relationship in collaborating with the community and remove one going to edit time as well as any amount of narcotics to achieve our goals,” said Speziale. “The message should be loud and clear that pressure will intensify over the next few months as we reassess our strategies.”