Four Paterson men arrested in North 4th Street drug bust | Paterson Times

Four Paterson men arrested in North 4th Street drug bust


A city man and three others were arrested on drugs and weapons charges in a North 4th Street narcotics operation on Monday afternoon, according to Passaic County Sheriff Richard Berdnik.

Detectives conducted surveillance following complaints of drug dealing from 88-90 North 4th Street that led to the arrest of Shawn Bethea, 45; Jose Rodriguez-Marquez, 55; Earl Johnson, 34; and Keneth Adams, 31.

Drugs and guns seized in the operation

Drugs and guns seized in the operation

A revolver and a rifle as well as heroin and crack cocaine were seized in the operation.

Bethea was observed at around 5 p.m. on the house’s porch holding small white items. He allegedly stepped off the porch and conducted a drug sale with Rodriguez-Marquez.

Detectives stopped Rodriguez-Marquez when he left the vicinity of the house. He allegedly had two glassine envelopes of heroin.

As detectives continued their surveillance, Bethea met with Johnson. Bethea was placed arrest, but Johnson slipped away.

Detectives searched the house. Johnson’s room had a .357 Ruger Revolver reported stolen out of Pennsylvania, 70 glassine envelopes of heroin, and 5 grams of crack cocaine. $288 in cash was confiscated in the search.

Johnson later returned to the house and was arrested for the items found in his room. A fourth man, Adams was inside the house during the search.

Adams’s living area had a 9mm Hi-Point Rifle that contained a high capacity magazine loaded with 13 rounds.

Rodriguez-Marquez was charged with heroin possession. Bethea was charged with heroin possession, distribution, and distribution within 1,000 feet of a school.

Johnson was charged with four drug offenses, unlawful weapon possession, and receiving stolen property. Adams was charged with unlawful possession of an assault rifle, possession of a high capacity magazine.

Rodriguez-Marquez was released and the other three are being held at the Passaic County Jail.