Paterson police weekend operation: 30 arrests, 5 guns, 939 bags of heroin, 2 pounds of pot | Paterson Times

Paterson police weekend operation: 30 arrests, 5 guns, 939 bags of heroin, 2 pounds of pot


After a pair of fatalities rocked the city, Paterson police took no chances over the past weekend by saturating the streets with officers.

Police reported 30 arrests for drugs and weapons charges. 814 moving violations. 343 parking violations. 133 ordinance violations for public drinking, loud music, and blocking entrances to stores during their crime suppression operation that took place on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

“This is only the beginning of relentless follow up to ensure a safer Paterson,” public safety director Jerry Speziale said on Monday afternoon.

Speziale said police recovered 5 semi-automatic handguns and 3 high capacity magazines. Police recovered 939 glassine envelopes of heroin, 2 pounds of marijuana, half-pound of crack cocaine, and 4 Xanax tablets.

“Our Special operation was a success,” mayor Andre Sayegh said. “We will not rest until Paterson is a safer City.”

Paterson police worked with county, state, and federal partners, officials said. Partners provided manpower, equipment, and other resources, according to the public safety director.

No shootings occurred over the past weekend as a result, police said.

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  • Paterson Resident

    9 shots were fired in the eastside section of Paterson today and only 2 detectives came. We need a state of emergency

  • DemocrapSocialistsSuck

    How much of the seized drugs and money were stolen?

    • Virginia Wright

      You notice they didn't mention anything about how much money was seized.

      • DemocrapSocialistsSuck


  • John

    Last night 3 people were shot and within 2 hours there was no longer a crime scene set up. This city needs real control. Guiliani style. And by the way Guiliani is.0% racist unlike most of Patersin city council.

    • DemocrapSocialistsSuck

      They would blame him for putting the drug dealers out of business.

  • SamiAm

    Yes so true

  • Truth Serum

    The Mayor calls this a success. All of these arrests and seizure of drugs and guns yet three fourteen-year olds still got shot! What does that tell you Mr. Mayor? You can't arrest your way to a safer City. How about making a real effort to get to the root of the problems plaguing the people of this City instead of your text book quotes and cliches.