The police arrested three people during a drug bust on Lake Street, according to public safety director Jerry Speziale.
Jahid Cox, 22, and Elijah Merced, 22, and Farrell F. Johnson, 29, all of Paterson, were charged with various drug offenses.
Cox and Merced were each charged with ten drug offenses and Johnson was charged with heroin possession.
Police set up surveillance on Lake Street and Hamilton Avenue after receiving complaints of open-air drug activity in the area. Surveillance revealed Cox and Merced allegedly working together to deal drugs in the area. Both were observed selling 14 glassine envelopes of heroin to Johnson.
Johnson was arrested and found in possession of the 14 envelopes of heroin. Cox and Merced were found in possession of 23 baggies of crack cocaine and 80 glassine envelopes of heroin.