The police conducted a significant drug bust inside a Presidential Boulevard tower on Monday by arresting 14 people and seizing $13,975 in suspected drug proceeds, according to police director Jerry Speziale.
Police arrested eight alleged dealers, Richard Brown, 41, of Paterson; Rodney Fairley, 30, of Paterson; Jason P. Anderson, 38, of East Orange; Elijah J. Serrano, 19, Paterson; Keshon T. Roberson, 21, of Paterson; Tyheem J. Stewart, 40, of Paterson; Jamari Q. Belfield aka “Mari,” 21, of Paterson; and Kamesha T. Stewart, 18, of Paterson.
Brown, Fairley, Anderson, Serrano, Roberson, Stewart, and Belfield were each charged with 22 drug offenses, police said.
Tyheem Stewart was additionally charged with resisting arrest and aggravated assault for throwing bodily fluids at an officer.
Kamesha Stewart was charged with three drug offenses.
Police seized 441 glassine envelopes of heroin, 39 baggies of crack cocaine, under 50 grams of marijuana, and drug paraphernalia from the accused drug dealers during the raid at 85 Presidential Boulevard.
Brown, Fairley, and Roberson have residences at 85 Presidential Boulevard while Serrano resides at a neighboring tower, 105 Presidential Boulevard, police said.
Police said many of the buyers came from Totowa.
The alleged buyers, Keime Porter, 20, of Paterson; Patrick J. Russo, 60, of Totowa; Nancy A. Pierri, 54, of Little Falls; Dennis J. Fitzpatrick, 58, of Totowa; Brandon S. Sperber, 31, of Paterson; James R. Taylor, 34, of Totowa, were charged with drug possession.
Police seized a 2012 Nissan Altima that was allegedly used in drug activity. $12,196 of the drug proceeds was seized from Belfield, police said.
Speziale said police conducted the bust after concerned residents lodged numerous complaints with the mayor’s office.
“Based on numerous community complaints, the men and women of the narcotics division kicked into action and shut down a major operation,” Speziale said.