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Paterson’s weekly drug sweep nets 16

By Jayed Rahman
Published: April 5, 2016


The city’s weekly narcotics sweep netted 16 people and led to the seizure of large amounts of illegal drugs and two weapons, according to police.

Police seized 317 glassines of heroin, 54 baggies of marijuana, 161 baggies of crack-cocaine, 25 baggies of cocaine, and 48 Percocet pills during the sweep which ran from March 22nd to 28th, 2016, said police.

$2,057 in suspected drug money was seized. Police also confiscated two weapons: a Bryco .380 caliber semi-automatic pistol loaded with four live rounds and a 20 gauge sawed off shotgun, said police director Jerry Speziale.

City residents charged were Roland M. Peterson also known as “Peluche,” 25, of East 23rd Street; Bashir Fields aka “Pops,” 24, of 12th Avenue; Alexander Wehmeyer, 25, of Quartz Lane; Dante Cody, 19, of Christina Place; Desmond L. Duncan aka “Dee,” 43, of East 24th Street; Anton O. McCalla, 32, of East 35th Street; Rodney Smith, 54, of 12th Avenue; Dorothy J. Morgan aka “Dorothy Jimenez,” 55, of Ward Street; Luis H. Santos, aka “Tat” and “Tatoo,” 43, of Ward Street; and Wilson Caraballo, 37, of Mill Street.

Police also charged two 17-year-old city boys.

Also charged were Christopher Demitro, 20, of Union City; Nicholas K. Falone, 30, of Clifton; Robert O. Hamrick, 46, of Hartford, Conn.; and Franklin Wesner, 60, of Clifton, according to police.

Police arrested a 17-year-old boy with 5 large plastic bags and 25 smaller baggies of marijuana at 200 Governor Street on March 22nd, 2016.

$160 was seized from the boy in suspected drug money.

On the same day, police caught Demitro allegedly loitering to commit a drug offense and Peterson with 48 Percocet pills at the intersection of Market and Pennington Streets.

Peterson resisted by flight, said police. $173 in suspected drug money was seized from Peterson.

On March 23rd, 2016, police arrested a second 17-year-old boy on 12th Avenue and Rosa Parks Boulevard with 21 baggies of crack-cocaine.

The next day, police arrested Fields in the corner of Godwin Avenue and Rosa Parks Boulevard. He allegedly had 3 glassine envelopes of heroin.

The same day Wehmeyer, Falone, and Cody were arrested on Mill and Slater Streets. Wehmeyer is accused of having 2 baggies of crack-cocaine while Falone and Cody allegedly had 37 baggies of crack-cocaine and 140 glassines of heroin, according to police.

$120 was taken from Cody in suspected drug money.

Hamrick, Duncan, McCalla, and Smith were arrested at 317 12th Avenue on March 25th, 2016.

Hamrick allegedly had a defaced Bryco .380 caliber semi-automatic weapon. He was also charged with certain person not to have a firearm.

Duncan and Smith allegedly had 90 baggies and 1 knotted 5.5 grams of crack-cocaine, 23 baggies and 1 knotted bag of marajuana, drug paraphernalia, and a sawed off shotgun.

McCalla was charged with the same offenses, but one less baggie of crack-cocaine, according to police.

$58 was taken from Duncan, $520 from McCalla, and $255 from Smith in suspected drug money, said police.

Wesner, Morgan, Santos, and Caraballo were arrested at 27 Ward Street on March 28th, 2016. Wesner is accused of having 3 glassines of heroin he allegedly purchased from Morgan.

Morgan and Santos been charged with having 174 glassines of heroin. Caraballo allegedly had 25 baggies of cocaine, according to police.

$400 was taken from Santos and $371 from Caraballo in suspected drug proceeds, according to police.

“The continuous tireless effort of the narcotics division is combating the illegal drugs on our streets,” said Speziale.

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