The police arrested 21 people and seized 4,176 glassine envelopes of heroin during a drug sweep on Hamilton Avenue, according to public safety director Jerry Speziale.
Michael Cavigliano, 27, of Ridgefield; Jesse James, 72, of Paterson; Douglas Billataro, 26, of Union; Joseph Ferrante, 26, of Paterson; David Leitner, 50, of Paterson; Xhonatan Gaba, 20, of Garfield; Dana Vergollo, 32, of Dumont; Angel Rabello, 23, of Pompton Lakes; Haytam Anoune, 26, of River Edge; Joseph Soto, 25, of Rahway; Robert Meo, 33, of Fair Lawn; Keith Frison, 49, of Paterson; Kevin Boyle, 34, of Paterson; Qadir McCrae, 26, of Paterson; Shamar Williams, 29, of Paterson; Haniff Williams, 22, of Paterson; Darrell Tann, 53, of Paterson; Isaiah Wharton, 24, of Paterson; Africa Downs, 45, of Paterson; Dante Harrison, 46, of Paterson; and Marecius Samuels, 33, of Paterson, were arrested on various drug offenses.
Cavigliano, James, Billataro, Ferrante, Gaba, Rabello, Anoune, Soto, Meo, Frison, and Boyle were each charged with drug possession offenses.
Leitner was charged with loitering to commit a drug offense.
Vergollo, McCrae, Shamar Williams, Haniff Williams, Tann, Wharton, Downs, Harrison, and Samuels were each charged with multiple drug possession and distribution offenses.
Police arrested them while investigating “rampant narcotics distribution” in the area of Hamilton Avenue between Summer and Lake streets after getting complaints from residents on Wednesday.
Police also seized 194 baggies of crack cocaine and $5,549 cash.