The three-day statewide child support warrant sweep yielded 105 arrests in Passaic County, according to Passaic County Sheriff Richard Berdnik.
Berdnik said the sweep was conducted from April 17 through 19, 2018. Detectives cleared 130 New Jersey Superior Court warrants, including six criminal warrants.
Authorities came across Maurice Johnson, 32, of Paterson, asleep in a parked car on Paterson Street. He explained to detectives Dan Tareky, Chazz Gonzalez, and officer Carlos Gill that he was extremely tired.
Detectives were struck by a strong smell of marijuana emanating from the interior of the vehicle. A bag in plain view containing 13 small bags of marijuana, 26 vials of cocaine, and 11 vials of crack cocaine was recovered, authorities said.
Johnson was charged with drug offenses and taken to the Passaic County Jail.
“I am proud that the Sheriff’s Office participated with the New Jersey Sheriff Association’s statewide Child Support enforcement crackdown. Parents need to know, that the Sheriff’s Office will continue to enforce any court mandated child support orders,” Berdnik said. “It was great that, during the operation, an alleged drug dealer was apprehended.”