An alleged drug dealer who operated a drug mill from his apartment in Little Falls and unloaded cocaine in Paterson was arrested on Thursday , according to Passaic County Sheriff Richard Berdnik.
Victor M. Miranda, 38, of Little Falls, has been charged with three counts of possession of cocaine, three counts of distribution of cocaine, two counts of distributing cocaine within a school zone, one count of operating a drug manufacturing facility, one count of unlawful possession of a handgun, and one count of being a convicted felon in possession of a handgun.
Detectives raided his second-floor apartment at 31 Newark Pompton Turnpike in Little Falls, his rented garage, and his vehicle. They seized 1 pound of pure cocaine, $21,000 in drug proceeds, and a ghost gun, weapons that lack serial numbers and trademarks rendering them untraceable.
Miranda was tailed by detectives to Paterson after he exited his residence, which was under surveillance prior to the raids. He allegedly conducted a drug sale to 53-year-old Ramon Rivera of Paterson.
Rivera was arrested and charged with cocaine possession. He was later released.
During the course of the investigation, a significant quantity of contraband was seized. Detectives discovered approximately one pound of pure cocaine, along with drug proceeds totaling nearly $4,000. Additionally, a hydraulic press machine commonly employed for compacting cocaine (referred to as a Kilo press) was found.
Several items of drug paraphernalia, indicative of a drug manufacturing facility, were also uncovered. Further investigation led to the search of a garage rented by Miranda, revealing an unbranded handgun, colloquially known as a “Ghost gun,” loaded with 13 bullets. The garage search also yielded drug proceeds amounting to over $17,000.
“I want to commend the Detectives and Officers from both the Sheriff’s Office and Little Falls Police Department involved in this investigation and arrests. The results, which included two arrests, confiscation of drugs and money and an in branded handgun, speaks for itself,” Berdnik said.