A pair of city men sharing a last name were arrested with $22,000 worth of raw cocaine in a drug bust on Murray Avenue on Thursday night, according to Passaic County Sheriff Richard Berdnik.
Daniel A. Hernandez, 38, and Alexis E. Hernandez, 32, were arrested on multiple counts of drug possession, distribution, and distribution in a school zone, authorities said.
Both men were arrested as a result of a month-long investigation into drug activity at 86 Murray Avenue.
Detectives surveilled the house. At around 7 p.m., detectives followed the two men as both departed in a black Honda Accord. The vehicle traveled to Grand and New streets, parked near International High School.
Authorities said both men remained in the car with lights off. A little later, an unknown individual approached the vehicle on the passenger side and an apparent drug transaction occurred.
Detectives conducted a motor vehicle stop of the Honda. 5 zip-locked baggies, 2 knotted clear plastic bags of raw cocaine were recovered.
Authorities said the unknown suspect fled the scene and avoided apprehension.
Detectives continued their investigation and returned to 86 Murray Avenue. A search of the residence led to the recovery of 1.4 pounds of raw cocaine in plastic bags. Authorities said the combined drugs seized is valued at $22,000 on the street.
Authorities confiscated $230 in suspected drug proceeds while searching the residence.