Paterson police dismantle drug production facility | Paterson Times

Paterson police dismantle drug production facility


Detectives raided a major drug production facility run out of a Park Avenue apartment and North 5th Street house on Wednesday, according to police director Jerry Speziale.

Police arrested city resident John McNeal, 37, and Lorele Harris, 28, of Charlotte, North Carolina various drug offenses at about 3:49 p.m.

McNeal and Harris ran a drug production “factory” out of 490 Park Avenue Apt. 7 and 83-85 N 5th Street, said the director. Both locations were raided. 1,128 glassines of heroin, 113 grams of crack-cocaine, 394 grams of marijuana, and 102 grams of powder cocaine were seized.

Police recovered 4 scales, a ceramic, a pot, a green plastic plate, straight razor all with residue, said the director.

$5,808 was taken from McNeal. He lives at the apartment on Park Avenue, according to police. He was charged with maintaining a drug production facility among other charges.

Harris was charged with possession and distribution.

“This raid is indicative of the skillful investigators of Paterson’s narcotics division,” said Speziale.