An alleged city drug dealer and a customer were arrested in a surveillance operation on East 27th Street on Wednesday, according to Passaic County Sheriff Richard Berdnik.
Phillip Patilla, 44, of Paterson, and Trevis Muckle, 44, of Elmwood Park, were arrested on East 27th Street and 10th Avenue moments after conducting a drug transaction, authorities said.
Detectives observed Patilla pull up in a Chevy Trailblazer and idle in the area. As he waited inside the vehicle, Muckle arrived in the area in a Toyota Avalon.
Both men exchanged items for cash, authorities said. Patilla and Muckle drove out of the area followed by detectives.
Detectives pulled over Muckle. He had 1 ziplock baggie of cocaine. He admitted to buying the bag from Patilla. He also had 1 baggie of marijuana.
Patilla was pulled over a short distance from the intersection. A search yielded 14 ziplock baggies of cocaine and $220 in cash.
Detectives went to Patilla’s home at 400 17th Avenue and discovered a drug manufacturing operation in his apartment.
A search of Patilla’s bedroom yielded 0.7 pound of raw cocaine. Street value of the cocaine is $9,000, authorities said.
Detectives seized 2 bottle of inositol powder, a cutting agent, numerous empty ziplocked baggies commonly used to package cocaine, and a digital scale.
Patilla was charged with three counts of possession, three counts of intent to distribute, possession within 1,000 feet of a school, and possession of drug paraphernalia, authorities said. He is being held at the Passaic County Jail.
Muckle was charged with two counts of drug possession. He was charged and released, authorities said.